Centre for the Study of Governance & Society

Advancing Research on Governance Dilemmas Around the World

About the Centre

Housed in the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London, the Centre for the Study of Governance and Society (CSGS) examines how both formal and informal rules of governance operate and evolve, and how these rules facilitate or imperil peaceful, prosperous, and ecologically secure societies.

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Book Launch

Book Launch: Kidnap, Inside the Ransom Business

6:00pm, February 6th, 2019
The Great Hall, Strand Campus

In this book, Dr Anja Shortland of King’s College London explores the dark underworld of hostage taking, uncovering a powerful private governance system that orders transactions between the legal and criminal economies. Join us on February 6 for the public launch of Kidnap: Inside the Ransom Business.

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2019 Events

We look forward to seeing you at our 2019 seminars and public lectures on the cutting edge debates in governance. Speakers this year include Jon Elster, Cristina Bicchieri, William Easterly, Elizabeth Anderson, Gary Cox, Larry Bartels, and more. Check out the full schedule below and mark your calendars.


Self Governance, Green Politics and Social Justice

Is good governance a choice between markets and states, or is there a third way? How can institutional diversity help us fight climate change or enhance social welfare? Tune in to this conversation with Dr Derek Wall of Goldsmiths College on what we stand to learn from the intellectual legacy of Elinor Ostrom, the first and only woman to win the Nobel Prize in Economics.

Featured Faculty

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Carmen Pavel: The Case for An International Rule of Law

“I show that states as means of institutionalized political control are structurally ill equipped to resolve the problem of ‘who guards the guardians,’ and thus international law and institutions can provide additional layers of oversight and control to insure that states remain within the legitimate bounds of their authority.”

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John Meadowcroft: Modern Threats to Liberal Democracy

“I think the past shows us that when freedom dies, it does so first slowly and then quickly. Slowly in terms of the deterioration of the climate of opinion so that liberty is more and more widely seen as secondary to other values, such as equality, security or nationhood, and then quickly in terms of legislative changes that actually take away people’s freedom…”

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