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Dr Jonathan Benson


Teaching Fellow in Political Theory

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

Room Number: 7.13 Bush House (North East Wing)


Office Hours:
Wednesday 3-4pm
Thursday 11am-12pm



Jonathan Benson is a Teaching Fellow in Political Theory in the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London. His general research interests are in political and democratic theory, political epistemology, and theoretical political economy. Before joining King’s, he completed a PhD in Politics and an MA in Political Economy both at the University of Manchester. 


Jonathan’s research has focused on the relationship between knowledge and democracy, and what this means for both the theory and practice of democratic politics. His PhD thesis was titled ‘An Epistemic Theory of Deliberative Democracy’. It investigated how democratic institutions can make good decisions in terms of justice or the common good, and what role this might play in a wider justification of democratic rule. He has also published on issues such as deliberative and participatory democracy, the relationship between democracy and the market, the limits of markets, and environmental politics.  


  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • Contemporary Issues in Political Theory
  • Liberty, Equality & Justice: Political Theory & Public Policy

Selected publications

Benson J (Forthcoming) ‘Deliberative Democracy & the Problem of Tacit Knowledge’. Politics, Philosophy & Economics.

Benson J (Forthcoming) ‘Knowledge and Communication in Democratic Politics: Markets, Forums and Systems’. Political Studies, forthcoming.

Benson J (2018a) 'Environmental Law & the Limits of Markets’. Cambridge Journal of Economics. 42 (10): 215–230.

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