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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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Politics: It’s a funny old game

Is there anything more off-putting to people outside the Westminster Bubble than witnessing the carnival of party conference season? If you don’t support a party, you’ll be as perplexed... Read More »

An interesting little story about path dependence

There’s no particular theoretical reason why the Burnley Miner’s Social Club should be the world’s largest consumer of the Benedictine liquer. There’s also no theoretical reason why it shouldn’t be: which is good for the fact is that it... Read More »

Upcoming Events

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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,... More Details »

Lunchtime Lecture with Yaron Brook: Is Inequality Fair?

Please note: This event forms part of our ‘Liberty Lecture’ series, and is for under-30s only. To book a seat at the event, please email events@adamsmith.org. Lunch will be provided.   Is Inequality Fair? We’re told that the gap between the poor and... More Details »

Classical liberalism and effective altruism: how can liberals most effectively improve the world?

Please note: This event forms part of our ‘Liberty Lecture’ series, and is for under-30s only. To book a seat at the event, please email events@adamsmith.org. Effective altruism is a growing social movement, which asks ‘of all the possible ways to make a difference,... 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 »