Peter Abell

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Peter Abell
Professor Peter Abell
Born 1939
London, United Kingdom
Residence United Kingdom
Nationality British
Alma mater University of Leeds
Scientific career
Fields Social scientist

Peter Abell (born 1939) is a British social scientist, currently professor emeritus at the London School of Economics where he has founded and directed the "Interdisciplinary Institute of Management".[1] He has been teaching for many years at LSE's Department of Management, managerial economics and strategy group.


He is known for his contribution to mathematical social science, both quantitative and qualitative. He is the author of several books on methodology and individual participation and co-operation[2] and currently focuses on an approach he coined Bayesian narratives and on network analysis particularly the role of signed structures in group formation and identity change.

Political activism[edit]

During the 1960s Abell was involved in demonstrations organised by the Committee of 100 in Trafalgar Square[3] and advocated for civil disobedience and nuclear disarmament.[4]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Abell, Peter (1971). Model building in sociology (basic ideas in the human sciences). London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson. OCLC 610200189. 
  • Abell, Peter, ed. (1975). Organizations as bargaining and influence systems. OCLC 464079399. 
  • Abell, Peter (1987). The syntax of social life: the theory and method of comparative narratives. Oxford Oxfordshire New York: Clarendon Press. ISBN 9780198272717. 
  • Abell, Peter (1988). Establishing support systems for industrial co-operatives: case studies from the Third World. Aldershot, Hants, England Brookfield, Vt., U.S.A: Avebury Gower Pub. Co. ISBN 9780566054754. 
  • Abell, Peter (2006). Organisation theory: an interdisciplinary approach. University of London Press. OCLC 903146201. 
Book chapters
Journal articles


  1. ^ "Peter Abell's CV 2011" (PDF). London School of Economics. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "European Academy of Sociology - Fellows". European Academy of Sociology. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Leeds students arrested after sit-down demonstrations" (PDF) (Press release). Union News - The Weekly Newspaper of Leeds University Union. September 29, 1961. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Letters - The Head and the Heart" (PDF) (Press release). Union News - Leeds University Union. October 13, 1961. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 

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