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Professor Michael King

  • Professor

Areas of interest

  • Social theory and its application to current social issues, in particular Niklas Luhmann's theory of closed/autopoietic systems
  • Special Educational Needs law


Michael King joined Reading in 2006, having previously been a professor at Brunel University. He has held academic posts at Warwick University and SUNY Buffalo and worked for two years as a Jean Monet Fellow and Research Fellow at The European University Institute, Florence. He has also taught on the Masters Course at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Onati, Spain.

Academic qualifications

BA (Psychology) (London), LL.M (Warwick), Solicitor of the Supreme Court.

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • A Member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Law and Society
  • Special educational Needs Tribunal Representative for the Independent Panel Special Educational Advice (IPSEA)

Selected publications

  • Translator (with Peter Gilgen) of Niklas Luhmann The New Boss (2018) Polity Press
  • Editor and translator (with Christian Morgner) of Niklas Luhmann Trust and Power (2017) Poity Press
  • Time and the Fall - The Limits of Political Steering in Hard Times
  • A review of Elena Esposito: The Future of Futures. The Time of Money in Financing and Society (2011) Cheltenham, England: Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Systems, not People, Make Society Happen (2009) Edinburgh:Holcombe Publishing (Available as an e-book. Free download of sample chapter and Table of Contents)
  • "The Right Decision for the Child" (2007) Modern Law Review Vol.70 (5) 857-871
  • "How the Law Defines the Special Educational Needs of Autistic Children". (With Diane King), (2006) Child and Family Law Quarterly Vol.18 (1). To download a copy of this article Click Here
  • "What's the Use of Luhmann's Theory?" in Luhmann on Law and Politics. Critical Appraisals and Applications,(eds) King, M. and Thornhill, C. (London:Hart Publishing, 2006)
  • Y diritti dei bambini in un mondo incerto (Rome:Donzelli, 2004)
  • Niklas Luhmann's Theory of Politics and Law (with Chris Thornhill) (Basingstoke,:Palgrave/Macmillan. 2003)


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