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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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.

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2019 Events

Happy holidays from CSGS! We look forward to seeing you at our 2019 seminars and public lectures on the cutting edge debates in governance. Speakers for next 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.

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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…”

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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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