London School of Economics

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The London School of Economics and Political Science (known more simply as the LSE) is a world-renowned undergraduate and graduate school for training future economists, investment bankers, financial analysts, businessmen, diplomats, lawyers, and those interested in public policy.[1] It was founded in 1895 by the socialists and leading Fabian Society members Beatrice Webb (1858-1943), Sidney Webb (Lord Passfield) (1859-1948), George Bernard Shaw, and Graham Wallas. It became a constituent part of the University of London in 1900.

The Library of the London School of Economics is the British Library of Political and Economic Science, and is one of the world's largest social sciences libraries.

Due to its high profile, the LSE often hosts debates and lectures from senior diplomats and international politicians.

In 2006 the LSE was ranked "3rd in the world" for Social Sciences, after Oxford and Harvard.


Known for far-Left radicalism during the 1960s, it has been referred to as the London School for Extremists

In the 1970s and 1980s it was known as a base for Trotskyist and Maoist students[Citation Needed].

Three al-Qa'eda-linked terrorists studied or lectured at the college between 1990 and 1993[Citation Needed]. In recent years, the Islamic extremist group al-Muhajiroun has been known to recruit volunteers at freshers' fairs[Citation Needed].

From 1997 to 2003 the Director of the LSE was sociologist Anthony Giddens, who was an advisor to Tony Blair, the British Prime Minister, and whose so-called 'Third Way' theories of social and political change heavily influenced both Blair and US President Bill Clinton.

Notable alumni and academics