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Devolution and Super-Councils

As Scotland looks set to receive an ‘unprecedented’ collection of powers from Westminster, it is time too for the English regions to benefit from devolution. The lack of what Hayek would call ‘perfect information’ is a weakness intrinsic to... Read More »

Against reform of the House of Lords

This probably won’t be all that popular among those who insist that democracy is the be all and end all of a political system. But we think that the current proposals to reform the House of Lords are a... Read More »

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‘Bringing Adam Smith back to Kirkcaldy’

‘Bringing Adam Smith back to Kirkcaldy': Ruth Davidson on how to re-establish the free-market principles of Adam Smith in his homeland, Scotland. Scotland may be home to the father... More Details »


Save the date! On 9th September, Queen Elizabeth II will become our longest-reigning monarch. To celebrate, ASI President Madsen Pirie will lead a royal toast, and offer a constitutional defence of the Monarchy. More details to follow. Please note:... More Details »

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Time for Time Limits

The UK’s welfare system is in a parlous state, beset by ineffective policies, a culture of dependency, and an ever-increasing price tag. While well-intentioned, recent reforms such as Universal... Read More »

Trial & Error & The Idea of Progress

This book is an analysis of progress – its meaning, its constituent elements, the conditions that favour it, and the methods people use to achieve it. Its central theme is that progress implies a closer approach to nominated goals;... Read More »

EUtopian Regulation

David Cameron has made the reduction of red tape a cornerstone for EU reform. As we know, there will be no treaty reforms before 2017, the best we can expect is promises albeit firm ones. Brussels may well agree... Read More »