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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

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


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