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The Adam Smith Institute is one of the world's leading think tanks. Independent, non-profit and non-partisan, it works to promote libertarian and free market ideas through research, publishing, media commentary, and educational programmes. The Institute is today at the forefront of making the case for free markets and a free society in the United Kingdom.

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What next after the Scotland referendum?

Within hours of the decisive NO to Scottish independence, UK markets started to recover. The pound rose, the stock market strengthened, and the Royal Bank of Scotland confirmed it... Read More »

How did we end up being ruled by the ignorant?

It always comes as something of a shock to us to see public policy being decided upon the basis of information that simply isn’t true. We expect a bit of political argy bargy, of course we do, for different... Read More »

Compulsion doesn’t cure apathy

Australia boasts a 95% turnout rate every election season thanks to their adoption of compulsory voting in the 1920s. In Australia, refusing to show up to the polls – unless you can prove illness or an emergency to the... Read More »

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Howard Flight

The Entrepreneurs Network – Lord Flight

The Wonders of EIS Investing, Lord Flight – Chairman, EIS Association These regular evening networking events are: a forum for entrepreneurs to engage with key politicians and policymakers; a... More Details »

October TNG

For October’s TNG we will be joined by one of the foremost political campaigners of the right, Matthew Elliot. Matthew is founder of the TaxPayer’s Alliance and Big Brother Watch, was the Campaign Director for No to AV, and is... More Details »

The Adam Smith Institute’s Ayn Rand Lecture

This year’s annual Ayn Rand Lecture will be given by David Sokol on November 3rd 2014. Further details are to follow. Please note that the guest list for this event is not yet open. More Details »

Recent Research

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Looking at the world through neo-liberal eyes

I spoke at Brighton University as part of their seminar series on neo-liberalism.  The term ‘neo-liberal’ is usually used in a derogatory sense, though I chose not to use it that way.  I was the only speaker in the... Read More »