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Prof. Mark Pennington
Prof. Mark Pennington

Professor Mark Pennington

Professor of Political Economy and Public Policy

Research interests

  • Economics
  • Policy
  • Politics

Biography

Mark Pennington has been Professor of Political Economy and Public Policy in the Department of Political Economy since January 2012 and was Head of Department between 2016 and 2020. Prior to joining King’s he taught for 12 years in the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Mark is currently Director of the Centre for the Study of Governance and Society

Research

Mark’s work takes place at the intersection of philosophy, politics and economics with a particular focus on exploring problems of limited knowledge or bounded rationality and their relationship to ‘ideal’ and ‘non-ideal’ theorising in economics and political theory. This approach was exemplified in his 2011 book Robust Political Economy: classical liberalism and the future of public policy (Edward Elgar). Mark has written widely on these topics including analyses of the classical liberal tradition, environmental governance, social capital, and the relationship between markets and democratic citizenship. Most recently he has been working on a major project exploring the ‘Ideal of Self Governance’ as understood by Elinor and Vincent Ostrom. He is currently working on a project entitled 'the political economy of knowledge and ignorance' involving two book manuscripts - 'Foucault and Liberal Political Economy', under contract with Oxford University Press, and 'Free Markets and Green Ideals', under contract with Edward Elgar.

Teaching

Undergraduate: Ethics, Economics and Environmental Protection

Post-graduate: Key Concepts in Contemporary Political Economy

    Research

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    Political Theory Research Group

    The political theory group covers many topics and approaches, and affirms the central importance of political economy to political theory.

    Fourth Annual Distinguished Lecture in Economics
    Politics, Philosophy and Economics Research Group

    The PPE research group studies questions spanning the disciplines of politics, philosophy, and economics.

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    Centre for Attention Studies

    Forging new responses to the foundational crisis of the digital age: distraction.

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    Environment and Public Policy

    The Environment and Public Policy Group

    News

    Department celebrates anniversary milestone

    Staff and students came together this week to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Department of Political Economy.

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    Recap of 'How Far to Nudge?' Book Launch

    Professor Peter John has launched his new book. 'How far to Nudge?', in The Exchange, Bush House

    The audience in The Exchange for Peter John's book launch

    Events

    27AprLivingTogether

    Living Together: A workshop

    Join us at King’s College London to discuss the release of Dr David Schmidtz’s new book, Living Together: Inventing Moral Science.

    Please note: this event has passed.

      Research

      Tower_Bridge_Sunset_HERO
      Political Theory Research Group

      The political theory group covers many topics and approaches, and affirms the central importance of political economy to political theory.

      Fourth Annual Distinguished Lecture in Economics
      Politics, Philosophy and Economics Research Group

      The PPE research group studies questions spanning the disciplines of politics, philosophy, and economics.

      ask-hero-image-4
      Centre for Attention Studies

      Forging new responses to the foundational crisis of the digital age: distraction.

      Environment-thomas-richter-unsplash
      Environment and Public Policy

      The Environment and Public Policy Group

      News

      Department celebrates anniversary milestone

      Staff and students came together this week to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Department of Political Economy.

      DPEanniv002

      Recap of 'How Far to Nudge?' Book Launch

      Professor Peter John has launched his new book. 'How far to Nudge?', in The Exchange, Bush House

      The audience in The Exchange for Peter John's book launch

      Events

      27AprLivingTogether

      Living Together: A workshop

      Join us at King’s College London to discuss the release of Dr David Schmidtz’s new book, Living Together: Inventing Moral Science.

      Please note: this event has passed.