Mark Pennington

Mark Pennington is Reader in Public Policy and Political Economy, Department of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary, University of London. His research interests lie at the intersection of politics, philosophy and economics with an emphasis on theories of bounded rationality and their implications for the evaluation of economic and ethical systems. His recent work has included a Hayekian critique of Habermas’s theory of deliberative democracy and a classical liberal analysis of the literature on social capital. Mark’s new book (out in Jan. 2011) is called Robust Political Economy: Classical Liberalism and the Future of Public Policy. This work rebuts some important challenges to classical liberalism derived from neo-classical economics, communitarian political theory and egalitarian ethical theory – and applies the lessons learned in the context of the welfare state, international development and environmental protection.

Selected Published Works


Liberating the Land: The Case for Private Land-use Planning

London: Institute of Economic Affairs (2002)


“Democracy and the Deliberative Conceit”

Critical Review (2010), Vol. 22, Issues 2&3, pages 159-184

“Classical Liberalism and Ecological Rationality: The Case for Polycentric Environmental Law”

Environmental Politics (2008), Vol. 17, Issue 3, pages 431-448

“Bonding and Bridging: Social Capital and the Communitarian Critique of Liberal Markets”

Review of Austrian Economics (2008), Vol. 21, Issue 2, pages 119-133

“Hayekian Political Economy and the Limits of Deliberative Democracy”

Political Studies (2003), Vol. 51, Issue 4, pages 722-739

“Environmental Markets versus Environmental Deliberation: A Hayekian Critique of Green Political Economy”

New Political Economy (2001), Vol. 6, Issue 2 , pages 171-190

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