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British Politics and Government

Centre for British Politics and Government

The Centre for British Politics and Government has been established within the Department of Political Economy (DPE) to focus on the study of politics, policymaking, and government in Britain in the recent past. We understand this broadly, to include local politics, society and activism, economic policy and the City of London, as well as central government, political parties and Whitehall. We also believe that it is essential for policymakers to understand the past in their efforts to change the future, and work with History & Policy, a joint initiative between King’s and the University of Cambridge directed by Dr Andrew Blick, to promote this.

The Centre includes the Witness Seminar programme previously run by the Institute of Contemporary British History, directed by Dr Michael Kandiah, which has an archive of over 100 seminars on a huge range of topics, such as the 1991 Gulf War, the Child Poverty Action Group, the development of Select Committees, Big Bang in the City, and the roles and functions of UK Embassies and High Commissions. Forthcoming witness seminars include:
'The role and functions of British High Commissions in the Caribbean', Thursday 25 May 2017
'The role and functions of the British Embassy in Washington', Thursday 29 June 201.
Please email for more information.

Related Teaching

DPE offers Masters degrees in Political Economy, Public Policy, and Politics and Contemporary History, and PhD studies in Political Economy, Politics, Public Policy, and Politics and Contemporary History.


The 2016-17 Centre for British Politics and Government handbook can be found here.


Contemporary British History seminars can be found on the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) website here.

Staff and Visiting Fellows associated with the Centre:

Dr Andrew Blick

Dr Michael Kandiah

Professor Robert Blackburn

Professor Roger Mortimore

Professor Richard Roberts

Professor Pat Thane

Dr Michele Blagg

Professor Vernon Bogdanor

Dr Ruth Davidson

Dr Christopher Knowles

Dr Elizabeth Gibson-Morgan

Dr Matthew Glencross

Dr Catherine Haddon

Professor Keith Hamilton

Simon James

Kenneth O. Morgan (Lord Morgan)

Dr James Nye

Professor Matt Qvortrup

Sir Robert Worcester

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