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Are these people Nimbys or Bananas?

The reason that Lancashire is not going to allow fracking for natural gas: Here’s the wording of the official rejection – all about the impact on the landscape and... Read More »

The impact of interest groups on public policy

Madsen’s lecture, as Senior Visiting Fellow in the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge, has now been posted on the ASI site. The topic deals with the way in which interest groups impact upon public policy... Read More »

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Centenary Celebration of Antony Fisher

Sir Antony Fisher, a former Battle of Britain pilot and then a hugely successful entrepreneur, founded the Institute of Economic Affairs after a chance meeting with F.A. Hayek. He went on to... More Details »

TNG Summer Boat Party

It’s that time of year again! Armed with Brut, a top party playlist and (hopefully!) some great British sunshine, the boat party is a chance to cruise the Thames and enjoy a drink with friends and ASI supporters. The boat... More Details »

Book Launch: ‘Trial and Error and the Idea of Progress’

July 21st is a special day. ASI President Dr. Madsen Pirie will be spending all his election winnings (as promised!) on a great party. It coincides with the release of the paperback version of his “Trial & Error & the... More Details »

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Seven Misconceptions About Europe

Myths and deceptions abound concerning the EU and Britain’s place within it or outside it.  Oliver Lewis in the Spectator has done a workmanlike and admirably brief summary of what he calls “Ten myths about Brexit,” identifying scare stories. ... Read More »