This report of a conference organised by the ASI in 1986 looks at the merits of reducing taxes. Chaired by Andrew Neil and a list of speakers which included James Gwartney, Lawrence Lindsey, George Gilder and Tom Bethell. At a time when much economic debate was and still is devoted to the relative merits of tax cuts or increased spending, the Adam Smith Institute felt that some consideration should be given to the effectiveness of tax cuts, particularly at the upper levels, in achieving greater revenues. There is now an established and documented history of the effect which tax cuts can have in increasing both the revenue yielded, and the proportion of it which is paid by upper income earners.
Way back in 1986 the Adam Smith Institute called for the reform and liberalisation of the archaic drinking and licensing laws of England and Wales. This study by the ASI compared the difference between Scotland and England and Wales after the laws had been changed North of the border. It found that even though alcohol was more readily available there, there was a reduction in the negative aspects of drink such as disorderly behaviour and health. Fifteen years on a government have finally seen sense and decided to relax the laws that govern drinking. The evidence of the past points towards a much safer and healthier environment.
Douglas Mason puts the case for reviewing public financing of libraries.
How to develop the rural landscape whilst still protecting the environment? This was the question that was answered at an ASI Seminar in 1987, including speakers such as Brian Waters, Boisot Waters Cohen Partnership, Professor Alan Evans of The University of Reading and John Ardill of The Guardian, amongst others. The report sets out regulatory ideas that would allow for development on the green belt, and an easing of the planning laws to allow new building to take place.
The Adam Smith Institute envisages a two-stage sale of BR: the track and terminals privatized as a complete unit, and then the individual services which run on the track.
Britain's prison system is in a state of crisis. Violent incidents, industrial disruption and rooftop sieges are common reminders that radical reform of the system is urgently required. Antiquated Victorian prisons often house three prisoners in cells designed for one. The overcrowding and poor conditions inevitably lead to resentment and tensions which break out in violence.
Professor Logan outlines the moral case for privatising prisons.
“Micropolitics’ analyzes the process of policy formulation which makes allies of the various interest groups affected by change. Dr Pirie sets out the thinking behind some of the policies which characterized the Thatcher revolution in Britain, and to some degree those of the Reagan revolution in the United States. It deals with techniques such as ‘micro-incrementalism’ – policies which gradually replace one state of affairs with another because many people feel more comfortable with gradual, creeping reform.
His view is that we should make advances where and when we can, if they all point in the same direction. Each new status quo achieved will serve as a springboard for the next advance. ‘Micropolitics’ tells how and why.
Published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the NHS, this report offers an objective assessment of the benefits and deficiencies of the National Health Service, along with a wide-reaching search for new structures that are better able to deliver the sophisticated and diverse forms of health care demanded today, while preserving the ideal of universal access.