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Paul Lewis

Reader in Economics and Public Policy

Contact Details:

Department of Political Economy
Room S2.36
Strand Building
Strand Campus
London WC2R 2LS

Email: paul.lewis@kcl.ac.uk 
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7848 7325

Office Hours:

*Office hours for the week commencing Monday 24th April

Tuesday 25th April: 12.45pm - 1:45pm
Wednesday 26th April: 10am-11am

Biography

Dr Paul Lewis is Reader in Economics and Public Policy. He was educated at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and Christ Church, Oxford. Prior to moving to King's, he was a Newton Trust Lecturer in the Faculty of Economics and Politics, and the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Cambridge University, and a Fellow of Emmanuel and Selwyn Colleges. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, USA, a retained supervisor in economics at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and a member of the Cambridge Social Ontology Group. He was a Visiting Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge, and the Shackle Scholar at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, in the Easter Term 2013.

Teaching

Microeconomics (2nd Year)
Game Theory & Strategic Decision-Making (3rd Year)

Research

Paul’s research covers a wide range of issues in both theoretical and applied political economy. More specifically, his interests include: the political economy of vocational education and training; the Austrian school of economics; the history of economic thought; social ontology; and the methodology of economics. His research has been funded by the CIPD, the Earhart Foundation, the Nuffield Foundation and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. For the latter, he has recently produced a series of reports on technician skills and training in a variety of sectors of the economy:

2013: Skills and Training for Composites Manufacture and Use in the UK: An Analysis. London: The Gatsby Charitable Foundation. 

2013: The Over-training of Apprentices by Large Employers in Advanced Manufacturing in the UK. London: The Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

2013: Technician Roles, Skills and Training in the UK Chemical Industry: An Analysis. London: The Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

2012: Flying High? A Study of Technician Duties, Skills, and Training in the UK Aerospace Industry. London: The Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

2012: Space for Technicians? An Analysis of Technician Skills and Training in the UK Space Sector. London: The Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

2011: Technicians under the Microscope: A Study of the Skills and Training of University Laboratory and Engineering Workshop Technicians. London: Gatsby Charitable Foundation. (With H. Gospel.)

Publications

Versions of many of my publications can be found on my SSRN page.

(2016.). ‘Shackle on Choice, Imagination and Creativity: Hayekian Foundations.’ Forthcoming in the Cambridge Journal of Economics.

(2016.) ‘New Austrian Macro Theory: A Call for Inquiry.’ Forthcoming in the Review of Austrian Economics. (With D. Wagner.)

2016. ‘Systems, Levels of organisation and Structural Properties: The Influence of Ludwig von Bertalanffy on the Development of the Work of F.A. Hayek.’ Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, vol. 34A: 125-59.

2016. 'The Emergence of "Emergence" in the Work of F.A. Hayek.' History of Political Economy, 48: 111-150.

2015. 'Technicians under the Microscope: The Training and Skills of University Laboratory and Engineering Workshop Technicians.' Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 67: 421-41.

2015. 'Orders, Orders, Everywhere ... On Hayek's The Market and Other Orders.Cosmos and Taxis, 2(2): 1-16.

2015: 'An Analytical Core for Sociology: A Complex, Hayekian Analysis.' Review of Behavioral Economics, 2: 123-46.

2015: 'Notions of Order and Process in Hayek: The Significance of Emergence.' Cambridge Journal of Economics, 39: 1167-90. 

2014: 'The Over-training of Apprentices by Employers in Advanced Manufacturing: A Theoretical and Policy Analysis.' Human Resource Management Journal, 24 (4): 496-513. DOI: 10.1111/1748-8583.12039.

2013: ‘On Hayek, Social Theory and the Contrastive Explanation of Social Order.’ Critical Review, 25 (3-4): 386-408. Reprinted in J. Friedman (ed., 2015), Hayek’s Political Theory, Epistemology, and Economics. London and New York: Routledge.

2012: ‘New Perspectives on Emergence in Economics.’ Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 82: 329-37. (With D. Harper)

2012: ‘Emergent Properties in the Work of Friedrich Hayek.’ Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 82: 368-78

2011: ‘Varieties of Emergence: Mind, Markets, and Novelty.’ Studies in Emergent Order, 4: 170-92

2011: ‘Who Cares about Skills? The Impact and Limits of Statutory Legislation on Qualifications and Skills in the Social Care Sector.’ The British Journal of Industrial Relations, 49: 602-  22 (With H. Gospel)

2011: ‘Far from a Nihilistic Crowd: Lavoie and Lachmann’s Theoretical Contribution.’ Review of Austrian Economics, 24: 185-98. , 24: 185-98

2011: ‘Tempered Steele? On the Merits of Critical Realism and the “Ontological Turn” in Economics.’ Critical Review, 23: 207-30

2010: ‘Certainly Not! A Critical Realist Recasting of Ludwig von Mises’s Methodology of the Social Sciences.’ Journal of Economic Methodology, 17: 277–299

2010: ‘Peter Berger and his Critics: The Significance of Emergence.’ Society, 47: 207-13

2009: ‘The Role of External Inspection in the Public Services: The Case of the UK Training  Market.’ Public Administration, 87: 791-817 (With P. Ryan)

2009: ‘External Inspection and the Role of Employers in the Apprenticeship Programme in England’s Training Market.’ Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training, 1: 44-68 (With P. Ryan)

2009: ‘Commitment, Identity and Collective Intentionality: The Basis for Philanthropy.’ Conversations on Philanthropy, 6: 47-64

2009: ‘Turning to Reality? A Review Essay on Tony Lawson’s Reorienting Economics.’ Review of  Radical Political Economics, 41: 108-17

2008: ‘A Hard Sell? The Prospects for Apprentice Training in British Retailing.’ Human Resource Management Journal, 18: 3-19 (With H. Gospel and P. Ryan)

2008: ‘Solving the ‘Lachmann Problem’: Orientation, Individualism and the Causal Explanation of Socio-Economic Order.’ American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 67: 827-57

2008: ‘Social Embeddedness, Social Capital and the Market Process: An Introduction to the Special Issue on Austrian Economics, Economic Sociology and Social Capital.’ Review of Austrian Economics, 21: 107-18. (With E. Chamlee-Wright.)

2008: ‘Uncertainty, Power and Trust.’ The Review of Austrian Economics, 21: 183-98.

2007 : ‘Large Employers and Apprenticeship Training in the UK.’ British Journal of Industrial Relations, 45: 127-53(With H. Gospel and P. Ryan)

2007: ‘Subjectivism, Social Structures and the Possibility of Socio-economic Order.’ Journal of  Economic Behavior and Organization, 62: 167-86. (With J.H. Runde.)

2006: ‘Educational and Contractual Attributes of the Apprenticeship Programmes of Large BritishEmployers.’ Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 58: 359-83. (With H. Gospel and P. Ryan.)

2006: ‘On the Political Economy of Neo-liberalism: A Review of The Rise of the Market: Essays on the Political Economy of Neo-liberalism.’ Economics and Philosophy, 22: 289-95.

(2005) ‘Agency, Structure and Causality in Austrian Economics: Tensions and Resolutions.’ Review of Political Economy, 17: 291-316. Reprinted in S. Pratten (ed., 2014), Social Ontology and Modern Economics. London and New York: Routledge.

2005: ‘Uncertainty, Conventional Behaviour and Economic Sociology.’ American Journal of  Economics and Sociology, 64, 507-32. (With J. Bibow and J. Runde.)

2005: ‘Boettke, the Austrian School and the Reclamation of Reality in Modern Economics.’ Review of  Austrian Economics, 18, pp. 83-108.

2003: ‘Recent Developments in Economic Methodology: The Rhetorical and Ontological Turns.’ Foundations of Science, 8, pp. 51-68.

2002: ‘Agency, Structure and Causality in Political Science: A Comment.’ Politics, 22, pp. 17-23.

2002: ‘Introduction to the Symposium: Special Issue on Critical Realism.’ Cambridge Journal of Economics, 26, pp. 679-81(With T. Lawson et al.)

2000: ‘Realism, Causation and the Problem of Social Structure.’ Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 30, pp. 249-68

1999: ‘A Critical Realist Perspective on Paul Davidson’s Methodological Writings on - and  Rhetorical Strategy for - Post Keynesian Economics.’ Journal of Post Keynesian Economics,  22, pp.  35-56.  (With J. Runde.)

1996: ‘Metaphor and Critical Realism.’ Review of Social Economy,54, pp. 487-506. Reprinted in S. Fleetwood (ed., 1999), Critical Realism in Economics: Development and Debate. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 83-101

Special issues of journals edited

2011: ‘New Perspectives on Emergence in Economics.’ A special issue of the Journal of Economic  Behavior and Organization, edited by D. Harper and P.A. Lewis.’, edited by D. Harper and P.A. Lewis.

2008: ‘Austrian Economics, Economic Sociology and Social Capital.’ A special issue of The Review of  Austrian Economics, edited by P.A. Lewis and E. Chamlee-Wright.

2002: ‘Critical Realism’ A Special Issue of the Cambridge Journal of Economics, edited by S.  Blankenburg, C. Lawson, T. Lawson, P. Lewis, S. Pratten, S. and J. Runde.

Edited Books

2015: Commerce and Community: Ecologies of Social Cooperation. Edited by R. Garnett, P. Lewis and L. Ealy. London and New York: Routledge.

2004: Transforming Economics: Perspectives on the Critical Realist Project. (Edited, London and New  York: Routledge.)

Edited books in preparation

2012: Commerce and Community: Human Flourishing through Voluntary Action. Edited by L. Ealy, R. Garnett and P. Lewis. London and New York: Routledge. (In progress.)

Papers in edited volumes

2012: ‘What Does True Individualism Really Involve? Overcoming Market-Philanthropy Dualism in Hayekian Social Theory.’ Forthcoming in L. Ealy, R. Garnett and P. Lewis (eds.), Commerce  and Community: Human Flourishing through Voluntary Action. London and New York:  Routledge.

2012: ‘Critical Realism in Economics.’ Forthcoming in B. Kaldis (ed.), SAGE Encyclopedia of  Philosophy and the Social Sciences. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

2012: ‘Hayek’s Economics: From Market Equilibrium to Social Order.’ In N. Barry and R. Garrison (eds.), The Elgar Companion to Hayekian Economics. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

2011: ‘Apprenticeship Training.’ In Technical Education for the 21st Century. London: The Gatsby Charitable Foundation. Available online at: http://www.gatsby.org.uk/techedu.html . (With H. Gospel.)

2011: ‘Registration and Technical Education.’ In Technical Education for the 21st Century. London:  The Gatsby Charitable Foundation. (With D. Sandford Smith and H. Gospel.)

2004: ‘Friedrich Hayek.’ In A. Kuper and J. Kuper (eds.), Social Science Encyclopaedia. London: and New York: Routledge, pp. 440-41.

2004: ‘Transforming Economics? On Heterodox Economics and the Ontological Turn in Economic  Methodology.’ In P.A. Lewis (ed.), Transforming Economics: Perspectives on the Critical Realist Project. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 1-32.. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 1-32.

2004: ‘Economics as Social Theory and the New Economic Sociology.’ In P.A. Lewis (ed.), Transforming Economics: Perspectives on the Critical Realist Project. London and New York:  Routledge, pp. 167-86.

2004: ‘Structure and Agency in Economic Analysis: The Case of Austrian Economics and the  Material Embeddedness of Socio-Economic Life.’ In J.B. Davis, A. Marciano and J.H. Runde  (eds.), The Elgar Companion to Economics and Philosophy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 364- 85.

2003: ‘On Convention: Keynes, Lewis and the French School.’ In S. Mizuhara and J. Runde (eds.), Perspectives on the Philosophical Underpinnings of Keynes’s Economics: Probability, Uncertainty and Convention. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 185-95. (With J. Bibow  and J. Runde.)

2003: ‘Naturalism and Economics.’ In J. Cruickshank (ed.), Critical Realism: The Difference it  Makes. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 181-96.

2002: ‘Intersubjectivity in the Socio-Economic World: A Critical Realist Perspective.’ In E. Fullbrook (ed.), Intersubjectivity in Economics: Structures and Agents. London and New  York:  Routledge, pp. 198-215. (With J. Runde.)

Reports

2012: Flying High? A Study of Technician Duties, Skills, and Training in the UK Aerospace Industry.  London: King’s College London and The Gatsby Foundation.

2012: Is (There Any) Space for Technicians? An Analysis of Technician Skills and Training in the UK  Space Sector. London: King’s College London and The Gatsby Foundation.

2011: Technicians under the Microscope: A Study of the Skills and Training of University Laboratory and Engineering Workshop Technicians. London: King’s College London and The Gatsby Foundation. (With H. Gospel.)

2006: Large Employers and Apprenticeship Training in the UK. London: Chartered Institute of Personnel Development. (With H. Gospel and P. Ryan.)

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