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Downloadable papers and chapters

(1999) 'Feminism, Realism and Universalism', Feminist Economics, 5(2), pp. 25-59 Download
(2001) 'Two Responses to the Failings of Modern Economics: the instrumentalist and the Realist', Review of Population and Social Policy, No. 10, pp. 1-27, Tokyo: National Institute of Population and Social Security Research. Download
(2001) 'Retour à la réalité',  Le Monde,  27 March Download  (French version)
  • Translated as 'Back to Reality', Post-Autistic Economics Newsletter, Issue No. 6, May. Download  (English version)
  • Reprinted in The Journal of Critical Realism, 2001, November.
  • Also reprinted in Edward Fullbrook (ed), 2003, The Crisis of Modern Economics, London and New York: Routledge
(2002) 'Should Economics Be an Evolutionary Science? Veblen’s Concern and Philosophical Legacy', The 2002 Clarence Aryes Memorial Lecture, Journal of Economic Issues, vol. XXXVI, no. 2 , pp. 279-91 Download
(2003) Reorienting Economics, London and New York: Routledge (selected chapters)
  • Chapter 01 Four Theses on the State of Modern Economics Download
  • Chapter 04 Explanatory Method for Social Science Download
  • Chapter 05 An Evolutionary Economics? Download
  • Chapter 10 An Explanation of the Mathematising Tendency in Modern Economics Download
(2003) 'Institutionalism: On the Need to Firm up Notions of Social Structure and the Human Subject', Journal of Economic Issues, vol. XXXVII, no. 1, pp. 175-201. Download
(2003) 'Ontology and Feminist Theorising', Feminist Economics, (9):1, March, pp. 119 - 150. Download
  • Reprinted in John B. Davis (ed.) Recent Deveopments in Economic Methodology, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar (forthcoming)
(2003) 'Theorising Ontology', Feminist Economics, (9):1, March, pp. 161- 169. Download
(2004) 'Rethinking Economics as a Science', Kyiv Mohyla Business Studio, [a Ukrainian Quarterly Management Journal,  published by Kyiv Mohyla Business School (kmbs), Kyiv, Ukraine], vol 1, no. 7, pp. 19-31.  Download
(2004) 'Reorienting Economics: on heterodox economics, themata and the uses of mathematics in economics', Journal of Economic Methodology, 11:3, pp 329-340, September. Download
(2005) 'The (Confused) State of Equilibrium Analysis in Modern Economics: an (Ontological) Explanation', Journal for Post Keynesian Economics, vol 27, no. 3, pp. 423-44 (Spring) Download
(2005) 'Reorienting History (of Economics)', Journal for Post Keynesian Economics, vol 27, no. 3, pp. 455-71, (Spring). Download
(2006) 'The Nature of Institutionalist Economics', Evolutionary and Institutional Economics Review, 2(1): 7-20. Download
(2006) 'The Nature of Heterodox Economics', Cambridge Journal of Economics (forthcoming).  Download
(2007) 'An Orientation for a Green Economics?', The International Journal of Green Economics,  vol 1, nos 3/4, pp 250-67 . Download
(2007) 'Gender and Social change' in Jude Brown (ed.) The Future of Gender, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 136-62. Download
(2008) 'Social Explanation and Popper', in Tom Boylan and Paschal O'Gorman (eds.), Popper and Economic Methodology: Contemporary Challenges, London and New York: Routledge.  Download
(2009) Ontology and Economics: Tony Lawson and his Critics, edited Edward Fullbrook, Routledge: London and New York

Ten chapters of responses are included.  The following are two sample chapters:

  • Chapter 06 Heterdox Economics and Pluralism, (response to John Davis) Download
  • Chapter 12 On the Nature and Roles of Formalism in Economics (response to Geoffrey Hodgson) Download
(2009) 'The Current Economic Crisis: its Nature and the Course of Academic economics',  Cambridge Journal of Economics, 33:4, July, pp. 759-788  Download.
(2009) 'Contemporary Economics and the Crisis' ,  Real-World Economics Review, 50, pp 122-31 Download.

Professor Tony Lawson

Professor of Economics and Philosophy

Research Group:
Alternative approaches to economics, history of economic thought, and methodology

Contact Details
Room: 24
Office Hours: Email for appointment or anytime he is in the office


    Tony Lawson
    (University of Cambridge)
    'What is wrong with modern economics, and why does it stay wrong?'
    Monday 16th October 2017 8:00pm
    Latimer Room, Old Court, Clare College
    Nuno Martins
    (Catholic University of Porto)
    'The Nature of Value: Smith, Marx and Marshall'
    Monday 30th October 2017 8:00pm
    Latimer Room, Old Court, Clare College
    Geoffrey Hodgson
    (University of Hertfordshire)
    'The Pathology of Heterodox Economics and the Limits to Pluralism'
    Monday 13th November 2017 8:00pm
    Latimer Room, Old Court, Clare College