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.
Diane Abbott on London: A Tale of Two Cities
Date: Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Time: 18:30 – 20:00
Venue: CLM 4.02
Tickets: First Come, First Served
The lecture will focus on the challenges facing London as a city and policy ideas to address these, chiefly the growing nature of inequality in London, the city’s growing population, the escalating housing crisis, the impact of welfare reform, and the effects of the health and social care act on public health. Additionally, the talk will seek to address the issue of powers available to City Hall in the light of the devolution question.
Diane Abbott is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hackney North and Stoke Newington since 1987, when she became the first black woman to be elected to the House of Commons. In 2010, Abbott became Shadow Public Health Minister after unsuccessfully standing for election to the leadership of the Labour Party. She tweets as @HackneyAbbott
Book Launch: The Fourth Revolution The Global Race to Reinvent The State
Date: 10th November
Time: 18:30 – 20:00
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre
Speakers: John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge
Is Britain falling behind in the global race to reinvent the state? Britain has led previous attempts to reinvent the state, from the Hobbesian security revolution of the 17th century, to the liberal, meritocratic revolution of the 19th century, to the welfare revolution of the early 20th century. We are now embarked on a new revolution, driven by IT, unsustainable debts and the rise of emerging markets. But Britain is much less well placed to lead this revolution.
John Micklethwait is the Editor-in-Chief of The Economist.
Adrian Wooldridge is The Economist’s management editor and writes the Schumpeter column
They have previously co-authored five books together: “The Witch Doctors“, “A Future Perfect“, “The Company“, “The Right Nation” and “God is Back“.