Head of Department &
Senior Lecturer in Public Policy
Department of Political Economy
London WC2R 2LS
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2894
By appointment only
Dr John Meadowcroft is Head of the Department of Political Economy and Senior Lecturer in Public Policy.
Before joining King’s in September 2006, John taught on the Hansard Scholars Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science and in the Department of Politics at Queen Mary, University of London. He has also worked in the practical world of policy and politics at the Institute of Economic Affairs and as an assistant to Simon Hughes MP. John has a first class degree in Public Policy and a PhD in Political Science from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
John is Series Editor of a multi-volume collection, Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers, published by Continuum (hardback 2009 – 2011; paperback 2013). He serves on the Academic Advisory Council of the Institute of Economic Affairs, on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Routledge book series Annals of Bioethics and on the Editorial Board of Economic Affairs.
'Liberty, Equality and Justice: Political Theory and Public Policy' (optional module on MA Public Policy and MA Political Economy)
John currently has a full complement of research students and therefore he is unable to consider new applications for doctoral research supervision at the present time.
John’s research interests lie in political economy and positive political theory. In particular, he is interested in comparison of individual choice in private markets and public choice in political contexts, comparative evaluation of economic and political responses to social problems, and the ethics and limits of markets.
Meadowcroft, J. 2011. James M. Buchanan, New York: Continuum; Paperback published by Bloomsbury, 2013.
Meadowcroft, J. and Pennington, M. 2007. Rescuing Social Capital from Social Democracy, London: Institute of Economic Affairs.
Meadowcroft, J. 2005. The Ethics of the Market, Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Bader, R. and Meadowcroft, J. eds, 2011. The Cambridge Companion to Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Meadowcroft, J. ed. 2008. Prohibitions, London: Institute of Economic Affairs
Booth, P. and Meadowcroft, J. eds, 2006. The Road to Economic Freedom Volumes I and II, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Meadowcroft, J. and Ruger, W. 2014. Hayek, Friedman, and Buchanan: On Public Life, Chile, and the Relationship Between Liberty and Democracy, Review of Political Economy, 26, 3, 358-367.
Meadowcroft, J. 2014. Just healthcare? The moral failure of single-tier basic healthcare, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, forthcoming
Alves, A. A. and Meadowcroft, J 2014. Hayek’s slippery slope, the stability of the mixed economy and the dynamics of rent-seeking, Political Studies, published online first
Meadowcroft, J. 2014. Exchange, unanimity and consent: a defence of the public choice account of power, Public Choice, 158, 1/2, 85-100
Meadowcroft, J. 2011. Economic and Political Solutions to Social Problems: The Case of Smoking in Enclosed Public Places, Review of Political Economy, 23, 2, 233-248
Meadowcroft, J. 2008. Patients, Politics and Power: Government Failure and the Politicization of UK Healthcare, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy , 33, 427-444
Meadowcroft, J. and Pennington, M. 2008. Bonding and Bridging: social capital and the communitarian critique of liberal markets, Review of Austrian Economics, 21/2-3, 119-33
Meadowcroft, J. 2007. Altruism, self-interest and the morality of the private sector: an Austrian approach, Journal of Markets and Morality, 10/2, 357-73
Meadowcroft, J. 2005. Healthcare markets, prices and coordination: the epistemic explanation of government failure and the UK National Health Service, HEC Forum: An International Journal of Healthcare Ethics, 17/3, 159-77
Meadowcroft, J. 2003. The British National Health Service: Lessons from the “Socialist Calculation Debate”, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, 28/3, 307-26
Meadowcroft, J. 2002. The European Democratic Deficit, the Market and the Public Space: a classical liberal critique, Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, 15/3, 181-92
Meadowcroft, J. 2001. Community Politics, Representation and the Limits of Deliberative Democracy, Local Government Studies, 27/3, 25-42
Meadowcroft, J. 2001. Political Recruitment and Local Representation, Local Government Studies, 27/1, 19-36.
Meadowcroft, J. 2013. ‘Libertarianism’, in G. Gaus and F. D’Agostino, eds, The Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy, New York: Routledge
Meadowcroft, J. 2011. 'Nozick’s critique of Rawls: distribution, entitlement, and the assumptive world of A Theory of Justice' in R. Bader and J. Meadowcroft, eds, The Cambridge Companion to Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Meadowcroft, J. 2010. ' Markets, Myths and Morality: Which View Will Prevail?' in M. Zöller and M. Petri, eds, The Market Society and Its Morality: 250 Years of Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments, Bayreuth: Council on Public Policy
Meadowcroft, J. 2010. ‘Markets, discovery and social problems’, in M. D. White, ed., Accepting the Invisible Hand, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2010
Meadowcroft, J. 2009. ‘Greed and the Market’, in A. Brassey and S. Barber, eds, Greed, Basingstoke: Palgrave
Meadowcroft, J. 2008. ‘Prostitution’ in J. Meadowcroft, ed., Prohibitions, London: Institute of Economic Affairs
Meadowcroft, J. 2005. ‘“Locals-only” housing: The March of the New Totalitarians?’ in B. Hill et al., The New Rural Economy, London: Institute of Economic Affairs
Meadowcroft, J. 2005. ‘A Constitution for Liberty’, in P. Booth, ed., Towards a Liberal Utopia?, London: Institute of Economic Affairs; Second edition, Continuum, 2006
Meadowcroft, J. 2000. ‘Community Politics: Ideals, Myths and Realities’, in N. Rao, ed., Community and Representation in Western Democracies, Basingstoke: Macmillan.