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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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On the appallingness of traditional English food

We’re all well aware of the appalling nature of the traditional English cuisine. Oddly preserved vegetables (mushy peas?), grossly overcooked fresh ones, allied with dubious meat masked with gelatinous sauces. At least one American professor insists that the real... Read More »

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Patron’s Dinner with Lord Lamont

Lord Lamont served under the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major and was Chancellor of the Exchequer between 1990 and 1993. He was made a life peer in... More Details »

Power Lunch with Andrew Tyrie MP

Time: 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm Andrew Tyrie is a Conservative Member of Parliament for Chichester and Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee. Power Lunches are intimate events exclusive to Adam Smith Institute subscribers, and attendance at one is by invitation only. To find... More Details »

Freedom Week 2014

From the 14th – 18th July we will be taking 35 of the brightest undergraduates for a free, intensive week-long Seminar at Sidney Sussex, Cambridge. In a joint project with the IEA, students will attend lectures given in free market economics,... More Details »

Recent Research

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The EU: reform or redundancy

With UKIP set to increase further their share of the vote in the upcoming European elections, and Farage’s triumph over Nick Clegg in the televised debate late last month,... Read More »

Is government helping exports?

Estimated to be spending £100m over its targeted budget, UKTI is not delivering enough exports to justify its costs. This report argues that UKTI is representative of some of the worst inefficiencies of the bloated quango state. Read More »