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A smarter approach to the welfare state

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Ross Harvey | Wednesday 23 February 2011

The welfare state is out of date. The principle of 'Free at the point of delivery' must be replaced by 'Paid for at the point of delivery', so that those who can afford to pay for their healthcare and children's education do so in proportion to their earnings. The result, argues Ross Harvey, would be huge savings as market efficiencies are introduced to moribund sectors, without leaving the country's poorest behind.

A Successful National Health Service

Type: ReportsWritten by Nick Bosanquet | Friday 26 November 1999

The NHS should enter into a range of partnerships and agreements and should commission services from private and voluntary providers.

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A Tartan (Flat) Tax?

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Dr Eamonn Butler | Tuesday 07 December 2004

Is it time to move towards Flat Tax? According to Eamonn Butler it is a good time for Scotland to go for it. Though they would need permission from Gordon Brown, it would be a great step for Scotland. He looks at how various countries have proven that having a Flat tax works.

A thicket of summer grass: the thymotic anger behind the strikes

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Preston Byrne | Thursday 16 June 2011

What drives 750,000 people to the point of ruining everyone else's day by striking? PJ Byrne reflects on the "anger deriving from a wounded sense of self-worth" that drives so many people to strike.

A timely way to dismantle the pensions pyramid

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Nikhil Arora | Friday 19 February 2010

NIkhil Arora argues that we need to radically reform that state pension, moving from the current pay-as-you-go model (a Madoff-style ponzi scheme) to a funded system based on personal pension accounts. Basing his proposals on a plan developed for the American Social Security system by the Cato Institute, Arora suggests allowing people to divert their employee National Insurance Contributions into private accounts (surrending their right to a state pension in the process), while employer National Insurance Contributions continue to be paid in order to finance the state pensions of current retirees.

Access to Achievement

Type: ReportsWritten by Chris Lambert | Friday 22 November 2002

The demand for private education is enormous - and not just from parents of the brightest students. But only a minority can afford it, because they already pay tax towards the state system. It's time to build a new system that supports parents who want the right school for their children's abilities - and needs - so that non-state education becomes accessible to all, says top private school teacher Chris Lambert in this ASI report.

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Access to Justice: Balancing the Risks

Type: ReportsWritten by Anthony Barton | Thursday 26 August 2010

This briefing paper, by lawyer and medical practitioner Anthony Barton, argues that both the legal aid and the Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) systems are flawed in that they give rise to situations which are not economically sustainable or politically acceptable. This paper suggests scrapping civil legal aid in almost all cases, and reforming the CFA system to deter risk-free speculative litigation.

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Adam Smith's Legacy

Type: ReportsWritten by Nick Elliot et al. | Friday 23 November 1990

Prominent academics, journalists and politicians highlight the historical contribution of Adam Smith and the role of his ideas in the shaping of modern economic thinking. Includes contributions by Leo Rosten, Professors William Letwin and Edwin G West who speak to The Wealth of Nations and The Theory of Moral Sentiments specifically, Richard Vernier, Russell Lewis, writing about Adam Smith today, Rt Hon Nicholas Ridley, Professor Norman Barry with a piece about the ethics of capitalism, and Dr Jeremy Shearmur.

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After No: A practical blueprint for the UK outside the EU

Type: ReportsWritten by Miles Saltiel | Tuesday 22 April 2014

ASI Senior Fellow Miles Saltiel, in his Brexit Prize Shortlisted essay, explains how the UK would go about leaving the EU if the public voted against continued membership in a referendum.

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Aiding Development

Type: ReportsWritten by Peter Young | Wednesday 10 December 1986

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