Bronk, Richard

Mr Richard Bronk  


Position held

Visiting Fellow – Political Economy


Experience keywords:

European Union; Hayek; analytical monocultures; history of ideas; models of capitalism; philosophy of economics; political economy; reflexivity; uncertainty

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Richard Bronk’s research interests centre on the role of imagination, language and metaphor in economics, the dangers of analytical monocultures, and the epistemology of markets. His approach to philosophy of economics is grounded in a history of ideas perspective and in his practical experience in financial markets and economic policy.

He is coeditor with Jens Beckert of a new book, Uncertain Futures: Imaginaries, Narratives, and Calculation in the Economy, published by Oxford University Press in July 2018.

He is author of two other books: "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). He is currently working on the link between innovation and uncertainty; and on the destabilising role of narrative and modelling monocultures in financial markets.

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Beckert, Jens and Bronk, Richard (2018) Uncertain futures: imaginaries, narratives, and calculation in the economy Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780198820802

Bronk, Richard (2018) Might economists be partly to blame for Trump and moves towards a ‘full British Brexit’? LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (27 Jun 2018) Blog entry


Bronk, Richard (2017) Do institutional networks support a monoculture in macroeconomics? Rebuilding Macroeconomics (11 Dec 2017) Blog entry

Bronk, Richard (2017) Book review: cents and sensibility: what economics can learn from the humanities Society of Professional Economists (5 Dec 2017) opinion


Bronk, Richard (2016) Let young people move: why any post-Brexit migration deal must safeguard youth mobility LSE Brexit (19 Jul 2016) Blog entry

Bronk, Richard (2016) Letter to MPs from a Remain voter: a plea for realism, tolerance and honesty LSE Brexit (29 Jun 2016) Blog entry

Bronk, Richard and Jacoby, Wade (2016) Uncertainty and the dangers of monocultures in regulation, analysis, and practice MPIfG Discussion Paper, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, Germany.


Bronk, Richard (2013) Hayek on the wisdom of prices: a reassessment Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, 6 (1). 82-107. ISSN 1876-9098

Bronk, Richard (2013) Reflexivity unpacked: performativity, uncertainty and analytical monocultures Journal of Economic Methodology, 20 (4). 343-349. ISSN 1350-178x

Bronk, Richard and Jacoby, Wade (2013) Avoiding monocultures in the European Union: the case for the mutual recognition of difference in conditions of uncertainty LSE 'Europe in Question' discussion paper series, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London.


Bronk, Richard (2011) Uncertainty, modelling monocultures and the financial crisis Business Economist, 42 (2). 5-18. ISSN 0306-5049

Bronk, Richard (2011) Epistemological difficulties with neoclassical economics. In: Southern Economic Association 2011, 19 - 21 November 2011, Washington DC, USA


Bronk, Richard (2010) The structuring role of metaphors and models In: Skidelsky, Robert and Wigstrom, Christian Westerlind, (eds.) The Economic Crisis and the State of Economics. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, USA, 101-110. ISBN 9780230102545


Bronk, Richard (2009) Book review: 'the nature of technology - what it is and how it evolves' by W. Brian Arthur Business Economist, 40 (3). ISSN 0306-5049

Bronk, Richard (2009) Book review: animal spirits: how human psychology drives the economy and why it matters for global capitalism, by George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller Business Economist, 40 (2). ISSN 0306-5049

Bronk, Richard (2009) The romantic economist: imagination in economics Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780521513845


Bronk, Richard (2002) Commitment and credibility: EU conditionality and interim gains European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.


Bronk, Richard (2000) Errors of the enlightenment European Business Forum (2). 22. ISSN 1469-6460

Bronk, Richard (2000) Which model of capitalism? OECD Observer (221/22). 12-15. ISSN 0029-7054


Bronk, Richard (1998) Progress and the invisible hand: the philosophy and economics of human advance Little Brown, London, UK. ISBN 0751526606

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