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Young Writer on Liberty Competition

Date: Friday 21 March 2014

Time: 12:00am - 12:00am

The Adam Smith Institute invites you to enter our annual 'Young Writer on Liberty' competition. This year's theme is:

Three policy choices to make the UK a Freer Country

Each entrant must write three essays in the style of the ASI blog, each no longer than 400 words, and each explaining a different policy choice that could make the UK freer, richer and happier.  No policy choice is out of the question—indeed counterintuitive policy choices may be particularly interesting if backed up by strong arguments.

The winner will receive £250 and have their three posts published on our blog. They will also get a box of liberty-themed books & the opportunity to do two weeks of work experience here at the ASI.

Two runners-up will also have their posts published on the blog, as well as receiving a package full of interesting books.

Last year's winner was George Kirby, who argued that we should legalise markets in organs, that there should be greater roaming rights in the UK, like those enjoyed in some Nordic countries, and that the UK would benefit from US-style federalism.

The deadline is Friday 21st  March, 2014, and all applicants must be aged 20 or under on this date. 

Please submit all entries to

Good luck, and we look forward to reading all of your pieces!

TNG with Tim Stanley: The Changing Face of the American Right

Speaker: Tim Stanley

Date: Tuesday 11 March 2014

Time: 06:00pm - 06:00pm


Location: ASI Offices

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March's TNG features as its speaker historian and Telegraph journalist Tim Stanley, examining 'The Changing Face of the American Right'.

An expert on modern American political history with biographies of Kennedy, Carter and Buchanan under his belt, Tim also has a book on Hollywood and politics out in May.

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The Next Generation events are for under 30s only. 


Does prison work? Lessons from the American experience


  • Nick Herbert MP
  • Dr David Skarbek

Date: Monday 3 March 2014

Time: 06:30pm - 08:30pm


Location: Adam Smith Institute


Is the UK's penal system working? What can we learn from the US and economic research to make prisons more effective at preventing reducing crime both inside and outside prison? Nick Herbert MP and Dr David Skarbek discuss their research and recommendations for policy-makers.

Nick Herbert is Conservative Party MP for Arundel and South Downs, and served as Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice between 2010 and 2012. During this time Nick championed the creation of elected Police and Crime Commissioners and spearheaded the Conservative 'rehabilitation revolution', where tough sentencing is accompanied by focus on lowering re-offending rates with payments made to agencies based on results. Prior to entering parliament Nick was the Director of the think-tank Reform, which he co-founded in 2002.

Dr David Skarbek is a lecturer in Political Economy at King's College London. His research interest is to understand how people define and enforce property rights in the absence of strong, effective governments. His work has examined incarceration, gangs, and crime in the United States. David is completing a book on The Social Order of the Underworld: How Prison Gangs Govern the American Penal System, which examines how inmates create self-governance institutions to promote economic and social interactions behind bars.

Please note: Space at this event is limited and attendance is by invitation only. To request a place, please email

TNG with James Bartholomew: The Welfare State We're In

Speaker: James Bartholomew

Date: Tuesday 18 February 2014

Time: 06:00pm - 07:30pm


Location: ASI Offices

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February's TNG speaker is James Bartholomew: banker-tunred journalist and author of 'The Welfare State We're In'.

First published in 2004, 'The Welfare State We're In' argued that however noble its intentions, the welfare state does more harm than good- with perverse incentives causing poor-quality public services, and the neediest trapped in poverty.

To co-incide with the release of a revised and updated edition of the book, Bartholomew will revisit the arguments which led to his conclusions and appraise what, if any, improvements subsequent reforms have bought. 

Next Generation events are for those aged 16-30. RSVP to or on facebook. As always, new faces are welcome.


Patron's Dinner with Ross Clark

Speaker: Ross Clark

Date: Wednesday 5 February 2014

Time: 07:00pm - 07:00pm

Ross Clark is an author and journalist who is well-known for his contributions to The Spectator, and has written extensively for the The Times, The Sunday Telegraph and the Mail on Sunday.
He has authored a number of books, including 'How to Label a Goat: the silly rules that are strangling Britain', and most recently 'A Broom Cupboard of One's Own: the housing crisis and how to solve it'.

Patron's Dinners are intimate events exclusive to Adam Smith Institute subscribers, and attendance at one is by invitation only.
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