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.

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Upcoming Events:


Book Launch: The History Manifesto

Date: Wednesday 8 October 2014
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speakers: Professor David Armitage, Dr Jo Guldi, Professor Simon Szreter
Chair: Professor Paul Kelly

How should historians speak truth to power – and why does it matter? Why is five hundred years better than five months or five years as a planning horizon? And why is history – especially long-term history – so essential to understanding the multiple pasts which gave rise to our conflicted present? The History Manifesto is a ‘call to arms’ to historians and everyone interested in the role of history in contemporary society. Leading historians David Armitage and Jo Guldi identify a recent shift back to longer-term narratives, following many decades of increasingly specialization, which they argue is vital for the future of historical scholarship and how it is communicated. This provocative and thoughtful book makes an important intervention in the debate about the role of history and the humanities in a digital age. It will provoke discussion among policymakers, activists and entrepreneurs as well as ordinary listeners, viewers, readers, students and teachers.

David Armitage is the Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History at Harvard University.

Jo Guldi is Assistant Professor of History at Brown University.

Simon Szreter is Professor of History and Public Policy at St John’s College, University of Cambridge. He will be representing the History & Policy group

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEhistory.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries see LSE Events FAQ or contact us at or 0207 955 6043.

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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

Twitter: #LSEAbbott


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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“.


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