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


Womanhood in Tocqueville’s Democracy: In Conversation with Sarah Wilford

Alexis de Tocqueville argued that American democracy was rooted in associational life. What role did women play in building this capacity for association? In this episode of the Governance Podcast, Dr Sarah Wilford (University of the Andes) sits down with Dr Irena Schneider (King’s College London) to discuss how the domestic sphere shapes free societies and stems the tide of democratic despotism. 


Waverly Duck: No Way Out: Precarious Living in the Shadow of Poverty and Drug Dealing

4:30pm, March 10th, 2020
Bush House South East Wing 1.09

This ethnographic study of an impoverished African American neighborhood challenges the common misconception of urban ghettos as chaotic places where drug dealing, street crime, and random violence make daily life dangerous for everyone. Waverly Duck is an urban sociologist and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh.

Public Lecture

James C. Scott Public Lecture: A Golden Age of Barbarians?

6:30pm, March 17th, 2020
King’s Building 4th Floor K4U.12

Join us for a public lecture by James C. Scott, Sterling Professor of Political Science, Professor of Anthropology and co-Director of the Agrarian Studies Program at Yale University. His research concerns political economy, comparative agrarian societies, theories of hegemony and resistance, peasant politics, revolution, Southeast Asia, theories of class relations and anarchism. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Featured Faculty

Featured Faculty

Adam Tebble: Epistemic Liberalism and Open Borders

“The argument I make in favour of more open borders focuses not upon the interests of immigrants or of the already-resident, but upon those whom migrants leave behind in their countries of origin.  In this sense my argument represents something of a breakthrough, for it seeks to claim the interests of those left behind for those arguing in favour of the more liberal approach.”

Featured Faculty

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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