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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Featured News


Latest on The Governance Podcast: The Meaning of Property

What are the dangers of theory building about property rights in development economics? Are we becoming more ethical in the way we conceptualize property over time? In the latest episode of the Governance Podcast, Professor Bart Wilson of Chapman University discusses his book project on the origins and meaning of property.

Public Lecture

Adam Smith’s Theory of Organised Religion

6:30pm, October 18th, 2018
Bush House South Lecture Theatre 1

Join us for a public lecture by Professor Barry Weingast of Stanford University on Adam Smith’s Theory of Organised Religion: The Medieval Church’s Monopoly and its Breakdown in the Reformation. Drinks and nibbles reception to follow outside the lecture theatre. Registration is required for this event.


The Violence Trap: A Seminar with Barry Weingast

12:00pm, October 19th, 2018
Bush House North East Wing 9.03

Why do developing countries fail to adopt the institutions and policies that promote development? Join us for a seminar by Professor Barry Weingast on his latest work with co-authors Gary Cox and the late Douglass C. North. 

Featured Faculty

Featured Faculty

Anja Shortland: Governance Under the Radar of the State

“Good governance is a very odd concept in some of the markets I am looking at. Private governance in the market for hostages is “good” if live hostages are returned safely for the minimum ransom the kidnappers will settle for. But it still means that criminals or terrorists get a payment, which is unlikely to go to charity…”

Featured Faculty

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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