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Dr John Meadowcroft


Reader in Public Policy

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Postal Address
Department of Political Economy
King’s College London
Strand Campus
Bush House (North East Wing)
30 Aldwych
London WC2B 4BG

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Room number: 8.03 Bush House (North East Wing)

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Monday 4.30-5.30pm

Tuesday 2.00-3.00pm


John Meadowcroft is Reader in Public Policy in the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London.

John joined King’s in 2006 and was a founding member of the Department of Political Economy in 2010, serving as Head of Department in 2013 and 2014. Prior to coming to King’s, John taught on the Hansard Scholars Programme at the LSE and in the School of Politics at Queen Mary, University of London. John has also worked at a Westminster think tank and as an assistant to a Member of Parliament. He has a first class degree in Public Policy and a PhD in Political Science from Goldsmiths, University of London.



5SSPP231 Policy Analysis: Decision, Implementation and Evaluation (second-year module)


John’s current research focuses on the prospects of free societies – societies in which individual liberty is valued and protected – and the threats to those societies from internal and external forces that are antithetical to individual liberty. In particular, he is presently researching UK far right organisations and studying F. A. Hayek’s account of the origins of totalitarianism set out in his famous book The Road to Serfdom.

Selected Publications


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.

Edited Books

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.

Journal articles

Morrow, E. A. and Meadowcroft, J. 2018. The rise and fall of the English Defence League: self-governance, marginal members and the far right. Political Studies, online first.

Meadowcroft, J. and Morrow, E. A. 2017. Violence, self-worth, solidarity and stigma: how a far right dissident group solves the collective action problem, Political Studies, 65, 2, 373-390.

Meadowcroft, J. 2015. Just healthcare? The moral failure of single-tier basic healthcare, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, 40, 2, 152-68.

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, 62, 4, 843-861.

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. 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.

Book Chapters

Koop, C. and Meadowcroft, J. 2018. Regulation, rent seeking, and business ethics. In E. Heath, B. Kaldis and A. Marcoux, eds, The Routledge Companion to Business Ethics, New York: Routledge

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, 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.

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