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Mr Richard Bronk


Mr Richard Bronk
Visiting Fellow
European Institute

Email: r.bronk@lse.ac.uk 


Richard Bronk is a writer and part-time academic, with particular expertise in the history of ideas, philosophy of economics, comparative corporate governance, and European political economy.
Richard was educated at Merton College, Oxford from 1979-1983, where he was awarded an Exhibition, a Postmastership and first class honours (Mods and Finals), and has an MA (Oxon) in Literae Humaniores (Classics and Philosophy). He then spent seventeen years in the City of London – with positions including head of European equities at Baring Asset Management, European equity strategist at Merrill Lynch, and Adviser on European capital markets and political economy at the Bank of England. From 2000-2007, Richard was a Teaching Fellow at the European Institute, LSE – lecturing on varieties of capitalism, EMU and EU enlargement, and on theoretical concepts in political economy.
Since 2007, he has been a Visiting Fellow at the Institute. Richard is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, has appeared in a number of BBC radio shows, and is a regular speaker at literary and philosophy festivals.

Research interests

Richard’s research interests now centre on the role of imagination, language and metaphor in economics, the dangers of analytical and regulatory monocultures, and the epistemology of markets. His approach to philosophy of economics is grounded both in a history of ideas perspective and in his practical experience in markets and economic policy. He is currently working on decision-making in conditions of uncertainty, the relationship between creativity and uncertainty, and the instability in markets caused by analytical and regulatory monocultures.

Selected publications

Richard is author of Progress and the Invisible Hand - the Philosophy and Economics of Human Advance (Little Brown, 1998); and The Romantic Economist - Imagination in Economics (Cambridge University Press, 2009)

For details of other publications including recent academic articles and book reviews, see Richard’s main publications entry in LSE experts.

‘For podcast of recent public lecture at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, entitled: ‘Uncertainty and the dangers of monocultures in regulation, analysis and practice’, visit: http://www.mpifg.de/aktuelles/Veranstaltungen/Podcasts/bronk.asp

Selected Media and Blogs

Let young people move: why any post-Brexit migration deal must safeguard youth mobility, LSE European Politics and Policy Blog, 30 July 2016

Coleridge at the G20, The Guardian, 21 March 2009