British Government@LSE is a School-wide initiative, developed and led by the Government Department, to promote research, teaching and engagement about government, politics and policy in Britain. It builds on the long tradition of links between LSE, Westminster and Whitehall. Recent developments in British politics, including the decline of the traditional ‘two-party’ system, devolution to Scotland and Wales, constitutional reform, the Coalition government and the UK’s complex relationship with the EU strengthen the need for analysis and public engagement about results. BG@LSE will act as a focus for research and teaching. It also manages a programme of public lectures, seminars, symposia and visiting speaker programmes addressing scholars, civil and public servants and all students of British politics.
The Evolution of electoral studies in Britain
Date: Thursday 20 March 2014
Time: 18:30 – 20:00
Speaker: David Butler
Chair: Tony Travers
David Butler is a legendary character in the development of election and political studies in Britain. His career spans many decades of analysis and research into voting and elections. Based at the University of Oxford, he has written many books on these subjects, notably a long-running series of detailed studies about each UK general election. He was the key academic expertise in the early years of BBC election broadcasting and has continued to engage with the media for over six decades. He is a unique figure in British intellectual life.
David will speak about the development of electoral studies in Britain in the years since 1945 and how an increased understanding of voting patterns and of concepts such as the ‘swing’ of votes from party to party has improved the analysis of elections and British politics
Rebuilding National Parties: A Strategy for Labour in the South and The Tories in the North
Date: Wednesday 30th April
Time: 16:00 – 19:30
Speakers: John Denham, David Skelton, Peter Kellner
Chair: Emma Duncan
We have arranged a small conference on Rebuilding National Parties: a Strategy for Labour in the South and The Tories in the North will feature John Denham (MP for Southampton), Peter Kellner (journalist and political commentator) and David Skelton (former Policy Exchange).
Lord Patten: Future of the BBC
Date: Wednesday 14th May
Time: 18:30 – 20:00
Speaker: Christopher Patten
Chair: Old Theatre
Chris Patten (Lord Patten of Barnes), former European commissioner for external relations, is BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten will speak about the ‘Future of the BBC’ in a wide-ranging public lecture which will consider the ways the Corporation needs to adapt within Britain’s changing broadcasting and political environment. Controversy has been a notable feature of the BBC’s recent past and is likely to remain an ever-present challenge. Chris Patten is one of the country’s most respected public figures who, as Chairman of the BBC, finds himself charged with securing its future.
Past British Government @ LSE Events 2013
Where should we put Britain’s hub airport(s)?
Date: 27th June 2013
Venue: Wolfson Theatre
Hot Topics: book launch
The Blunders of Our Governments
Date and time: 16 September 2013, 18:30 – 20:00
Anthony King and Ivor Crewe
Venue: CLM 4.02
Date: 16 October 2013
Business and Politics
Date and time: 24 October 2013 18:30 – 20:00