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Our publications are the most important means of contact between the Centre's ideas and its general readership. Since 1976, The Centre for Independent Studies has produced some of the most authoritative publications in Australasian academia. From the influential Lands of Shame to the authoritative Will China Fail? CIS has published hundreds of publications covering topics from the social policy to legal affairs to religion and education.

In addition to books, the CIS publishes a range of shorter publications: Issue Analyses deal with controversial and current issues and Policy Mongraphs investigate and offer policy solutions. Since 1984, Policy magazine has published feature articles and reviews authored by some of the foremost national and international thinkers on public policy and ideas. The quality of writing and the diversity of topics in Policy ensure its status as a 'must read' by leading politicans, businesspeople and academics.

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  • The Age of Endarkenment

    Brendan O'Neill, Nick Cater | 23 Oct 2014 | Occasional Papers

    Humans are wealthier, happier and more comfortable than any previous generation thanks to science and technology. So why...

  • The Enlightenment Made Us

    Nick Cater | 23 Oct 2014 | Occasional Papers

    Nick Cater examines the Enlightenment ideals that helped shape our uniquely Australian culture, and asks whether the pragmatism...

  • Preserving Peace as China Rises II: Preparing for a Post-American Asian Order

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 01 Sep 2014 | Foreign Policy Analysis

    With US leadership unable to guarantee peace and security in the Indo-Pacific this century, the region will need to transition...

  • Catholic Resistance to German State Persecution: Lessons for Modern Australia

    Dyson Heydon, Peter Kurti, Robert Forsyth | 30 May 2014 | Occasional Papers

    Anti-Catholic sectarianism is on the rise in Australian society even though Australian Catholicism has made an extraordinary...

  • Submission to the National Commission of Audit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Stephen Kirchner, Trisha Jha | 01 Apr 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    The federal government’s Commission of Audit (CoA) was established in 2013 to review the performance and role of government....

  • Preserving Peace as China Rises I

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 13 Mar 2014 | Foreign Policy Analysis

    Inventive foreign policy that can simultaneously reassure the Indo-Pacific’s established powers and accommodate Chinese...

  • Independent Charities, Independent Regulators: The Future of Not-for-Profit Regulation

    Helen Andrews | 06 Feb 2014 | Issue Analysis

    Abolishing the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission is a necessary first step in fostering an independent...

  • Accountable Authoritarianism: Why China’s Democratic Deficit Will Last

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 31 Oct 2013 | Foreign Policy Analysis

    The Chinese Communist Party’s evolving model of ‘accountable authoritarianism’ is set to prove that prosperity need...

  • A Fair Go: Fact or Fiction?

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 09 May 2013 | Policy Monographs

    The Australian ideal of a fair go is fact rather than fiction. By offering all individuals the opportunity to capitalise...

  • Tax Welfare Churn and the Australian Welfare State

    Andrew Baker | 27 Mar 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    The welfare state currently consumes $316 billion a year; however, much of this spending is not targeted at those who need...

  • TARGET30 SNAPSHOT: Tax Welfare Churn and the Australian Welfare State

    Andrew Baker | 27 Mar 2013 | TARGET30 Snapshots

    The welfare state currently consumes $316 billion a year; however, much of this spending is not targeted at those who need...

  • Australia and the Asian Ascendancy: Why Upskilling is Not Necessary to Reap the Rewards

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 19 Feb 2013 | Issue Analysis

    Government programs to upskill the Australian workforce for the Asian Century are a solution to a non-problem. With more...

  • Leadership, Liberty and the Crisis of Authority

    Frank Furedi | 15 Oct 2012 | Occasional Papers

    In the 27th John Bonython Lecture, Frank Furedi discussed the distinct lack of leadership needed to deal with the many crises...

  • INTERVIEW: The Dignity of the Bourgeoisie

    Matthew Shaffer | 20 Aug 2011 | POLICY Magazine

    Deidre McCloskey explains to Matthew Shaffer how, around 1700, a new way of thinking gave birth to the modern world.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Speech Matters: Getting Free Speech Right

    Thomas Morgan | 20 Aug 2011 | POLICY Magazine

    Speech Matters: Getting Free Speech Right by Katharine Gelber (University of Queensland Press, 2011.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement

    Don Arthur | 20 Aug 2011 | POLICY Magazine

    The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement by David Brooks (Random House, 2011.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: A Revolution of the Mind: Radical Enlightenment and the Intellectual Origins of Modern Democracy

    John Heard | 01 Sep 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    A Revolution of the Mind: Radical Enlightenment and the Intellectual Origins of Modern Democracy By Jonathan Israel (Princeton...

  • REVIEW ESSAY: Judge Them by Their Actions

    Michael Duffy | 17 Jun 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    Intellectuals and Society by Thomas Sowell (Basic Books, 2009.)

  • April 2010 e-PreCIS

    Greg Lindsay | 01 Apr 2010 | e-PreCIS

    In the introduction to the 1982 publication The New Conservatism in Australia edited by Robert Manne, the editor admits ‘to...

  • FEATURE: We're All Cultural Libertarians

    Kerry Howley | 22 Mar 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    Freedom is about more than just the absence of government.

  • FEATURE: No One True Culture of Liberty

    Daniel McCarthy | 22 Mar 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    Tolerance is important but difficult to define and easily subverted.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Ayn Rand and the World She Made & Goddess of the Market

    Stephen Kirchner | 22 Mar 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    For an author whose novels have consistently sold in the hundreds of thousands for more than half a century, Ayn Rand is...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Prosecuting Heads of State

    Chula Na Ranong | 22 Mar 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    Prosecuting Heads of State by Ellen L. Lutz and Caitlin Reiger (Eds.) (Cambridge University Press, 2009.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Lessons From the Global Financial Crisis: The Relevance of Adam Smith on Morality and Free Markets

    Michael Warby | 22 Mar 2010 | POLICY Magazine

     Lessons from the Global Financial Crisis: The Relevance of Adam Smith on Morality and Free Markets by Richard Morgan (Connor...

  • February 2010 e-PreCIS

    Greg Lindsay | 01 Feb 2010 | e-PreCIS

    Eighteen months ago in Tokyo, my two year term as President of the Mont Pelerin Society, founded by F.A. Hayek in the wake...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Up from the Mission: Selected writings

    Sara Hudson | 12 Dec 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Up from the Mission: Selected Writings by Noel Pearson (Black Inc, 2009).

  • FEATURE: Slaves of the Bonus Culture

    | 12 Dec 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Regulation and incentives are replacing professionalism. The inner motivation of professional integrity becomes gradually...

  • Invisible Hand versus Visible Fist: Securing the Future Wealth of Nations

    P.J. O'Rourke | 01 Nov 2009 | Occasional Papers

    In the 25th John Bonython Lecture, PJ O'Rourke presents his views of the economic and financial crisis that is shaking the...

  • FEATURE: The Rights of the Future?

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 15 Sep 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    The present generation cannot easily speak for people yet to be born whose circumstances we cannot know.

  • COMMENT: Conservatism and Classic Liberalism: A Rapproachment

    Sam Roggeveen | 06 Jun 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    "Why I am Not a Liberal" This essay examines what classical liberals dislike about conservatism, asking whether or not...

  • REVIEW ESSAY: On Liberty at 150

    Andrew Norton | 04 Jun 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    On Liberty by John Stuart Mill (Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Penguin Books and many other publishers:...

  • Neoliberalism: The Genesis of a Political Swearword

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 19 May 2009 | Occasional Papers

    Neoliberalism is one of the most commonly used words in political debates. Despite this, the origins of neoliberalism are...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Not With a Bang But a Whimper: The Politics and Culture of Decline

    Leon Di Stefano | 03 Mar 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Not with a Bang But a Whimper: The Politics and Culture of Decline by Theodore Dalrymple (Monday Books, 2009).

  • ROSS PARISH ESSAY: Does Liberty Lead to Decadence?

    Misha Saloukvadze | 03 Mar 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    The liberty to be decadent should be valued. The empowerment of the individual to make that choice, to be allowed to lead...

  • ROSS PARISH ESSAY: Liberty, Time Preference and Decadence

    Ben O'Neill | 03 Mar 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    It is the welfare state—not liberty—that fosters decadence, says Ben O’Neill

  • FEATURE: Classical Liberalism and International Relations

    Edwin Van De Haar | 03 Mar 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Classical liberal ideas apply between states as well as within states, explains Edwin van de Haar.

  • REVIEW ESSAY: Clive Hamilton, The Universe and Everything

    Jeremy Shearmur | 12 Dec 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Clive Hamilton asks some interesting quesitions but gives unconvincing answers, writes Jeremy Shearmur in The Freedom Paradox:...

  • FEATURE: Common Sense: The Past and Future of the Debate Between Libertarians and Conservatives

    John Heard | 15 Sep 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Fusing conservatism and libertarianism continues to work- so ignore any theoretical difficulties.

  • REVIEW ESSAY: The New Hysteria

    Munira Mirza | 15 Sep 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    We can't blame the demise of Enlightenment thinking on diet doctors and Islamists alone.

  • The Role of Government in a Liberal Society

    Suri Ratnapala | 02 Sep 2008 | Occasional Papers

    Modern government has grown out  of all proportion, becoming a serious threat to life, liberty, property and the public...

  • Adam Smith - A Primer

    Eamonn Butler | 04 Jul 2008 | Occasional Papers

    Despite his fame, there is still widespread ignorance about the breadth of Adam Smith's contrinbutions to economics, politics...

  • OPINION: There’s No Such Thing as a Free Parking Space

    Krystian Seibert | 04 Jun 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Minimum parking regulations ensure there’s plenty of space for our cars at the shops but we pay a hefty price for it.

  • In Praise of Elitism

    Charles Murray, Claire Fox, Denis Dutton | 01 Feb 2008 | Occasional Papers

    Australian society is frequently characterised as egalitarian: belief in a 'fair go' for all and a love for cutting down...

  • FEATURE: Ross Parish Essay Competition

    Ross Parish | 12 Dec 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Have two hundred years of liberal capitalism made us any happier?

  • FEATURE: Why Capitalism is Good for the Soul

    Peter Saunders | 12 Dec 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Capitalism provides the conditions for creating worthwhile lives.

  • BOOK REVIEW:The Commercial Society: Foundations and Challenges in a Global Age

    Barry Maley | 09 Sep 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    The Commercial Society: Foundations and Challenges in a Global Age by Samuel Gregg (Lexington Books, 2007).

  • BOOK REVIEW: Actual Ethics

    Jonathan Crowe | 06 Jun 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Actual Ethics by James R Otterson (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

  • BOOK REVIEW: Alexis de Tocqueville: Propehet of Democracy in the Age of Revolution- A Biography

    Samuel Gregg | 06 Jun 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Alexis de Tocqueville: Propehet of Democracy in the Age of Revolution- A Biography by Hugh Brogan (Profile Books, 2007).

  • FEATURE: Cultural Nationalism: The Last Resort of Scoundrels

    Eric Jones | 06 Jun 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Protectionism has spread to culture.

  • History as the Story of Liberty: A Globalised Western Civilisation

    Arthur Herman | 05 May 2007 | Occasional Papers

    In this lecture, Dr Herman explores how a prosperous and culturally diverse world depends on the human freedoms embedded...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of a Theo van Gogh and The Limits of Tolerance

    Joel Malan | 03 Mar 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance by Ian Buruma (Atlantic Books, 2006).

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Conservative Soul: How We Lost It, How To Get It Back

    John Heard | 03 Mar 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    The Conservative Soul: How We Lost It, How To Get It Back by Andrew Sullivan (Harper Collins, 2006).

  • FEATURE: Does Kevin Rudd Need to Save Families From Capitalism?

    Peter Saunders | 03 Mar 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    The Labor leader is relying on an old and discredited view of communal life in a market society.

  • FEATURE: The History of Liberty in Australia

    Greg Melleuish | 03 Mar 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Australians have preferred a protective form of liberty.

  • INTERVIEW: Choice Words from Milton

    Brian Doherty | 03 Mar 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    More than three decades of wisdom from the late champion of liberty, culled from the pages of reason.

  • BOOK REVIEW: The End of Commitment: Intellectuals, Revolutionaries and Political Morality in the Twentieth Century

    Greg Melleuish | 12 Dec 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    The End of Commitment: Revolutionaries, and Political Morality in the Twentieth Century by Paul Hollander (Ivan R Dee, 2006).

  • REVIEW ESSAY: Surf For The Rest of Your Lives, The American Taxpayer will Support You

    Peter Saunders | 12 Dec 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    In Our Hands: A Place to Replace the Welfare State by Charles Murray (AEI Press, 2006).

  • ROSS PARISH ESSAY: Freedom From Choice: The Government's Futile Quest To Take The Risk Out of Life

    John Humphreys | 12 Dec 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    The costs of protecting people from themselves are apparent in drug prohibition.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Picture Imperfect: Utopian Thought for an Anti-Utopian Age

    Jeremy Shearmur | 07 Jul 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    Picture Imperfect: Utopian Thought for an Anti-Utopian Age by Russell Jacoby (Columbia University Press, 2005).

  • Farewell to Liberty, Equality and Fraternity: Is the Left still on the Left?

    Dirk Maxeiner, Michael Miersch | 03 Mar 2006 | Occasional Papers

    In this Occasional Paper translated by Wolfgang Kasper, two German analysts, Dirk Maxeiner and Michael Miersch argue that...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Ethics of Identity

    John Heard | 03 Mar 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    The Ethics of Identity by Kwame Anthony Appiah (Princeton University Press, 2005).

  • INTERVIEW: The CIS at Thirty

    Andrew Norton | 03 Mar 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    Andrew Norton interviews Executive Director Greg Lindsay on the CIS' work and influence.

  • Sensory Order and Economic Order: The links between human cognition and economic freedom in Hayek's thought.

    Julie Novak | 01 Mar 2006 | Occasional Papers

    In this paper, Julie Novak illustrates the connection between The Sensory Order and Hayek's economic thought.  His psychological...

  • The Wealth of Generations:Capitalism and the Belief in the Future

    Johan Norberg | 28 Nov 2005 | Occasional Papers

    In this John Bonython Lecture, with optimism and humour, Johan Norberg looks forward to a future which can only improve with...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Against the Flow: Reflections of an Individualist

    Julie Novak | 09 Sep 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    Against the Flow: Reflections of an Individualist by Samuel Brittain (Atlantic Books, 2005).

  • FEATURE: Forced To Be Free? Compelling Voluntary Student Unionism

    Charles Richardson | 09 Sep 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    The ossified politics of an earlier era are behind the VSU bill.

  • FEATURE: The Scientist's Pursuit of Happiness

    Johan Norberg | 09 Sep 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    Free societies provide the conditions for happiness.

  • In Defence of Global Capitalism

    Johan Norberg | 02 Jun 2005 | Special Publications

    Norberg refutes, systematically and thoroughly, the tenets of the anti-globalisation movement.  Johan Norberg illustrates...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Escape From Hunger and Premature Death, 1700-2100: Europe, America and the Third World

    Eric Rodjo Ralph | 03 Mar 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    The Escape from Hunger and Premature Death, 1700-2100: Europe, America and the Third World by Robert William Fogel (Cambridge...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Well May We Say: The Speeches That Made Australia

    Greg Melleuish | 03 Mar 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    Well May We Say: The Speeches That Made Australia by Sally Warhaft (Black Inc, 2004).

  • DEBATE: Global IP Markets Require Global Consistency

    Tony Healy | 03 Mar 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    Rationalising international property rights across borders will promote creativity and prosperity worldwide: A reply to Kimberlee...

  • Rendering Unto Caesar: New Challenges for Church and State

    Samuel Gregg | 18 May 2004 | Occasional Papers

    In considering contemporary church-state relations, Gregg argues that religious communities need to reassess their role,...

  • BOOK REVIEW: A Perilous and Fighting Life: From Communist To Conservative,The Political Writings of Professor John Anderson

    Jim Packer | 03 Mar 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    A Perilous and Fighting Life: From Communist to Conservative, The Political Writings of Professor John Anderson by Mark Weblin...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Corrupting the Youth: A History of Philosophy in Australia

    Amalia Matheson | 03 Mar 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    Corrupting the Youth: A History of Philosophy in Australia by James Franklin (Macleay Press, 2003).

  • BOOK REVIEW: Orwell's Australia: From Cold War to Culture War

    Martin Sheehan | 03 Mar 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    Orwell's Australia: From Cold War to Culture War by Dennis Glover (Scribe Publications, 2003).

  • RESPONSES BY INVITATION: Three Cheers for the Anglosphere

    David Flint | 12 Dec 2003 | POLICY Magazine

    (In response to American Grand Strategy: The Imperial Logic of Bush's Liberal Agenda by Edward Rhodes in POLICY Summer 2003.) Three...

  • RESPONSES BY INVITATION: Fighting Words

    Coral Bell | 12 Dec 2003 | POLICY Magazine

    (In response to American Grand Strategy: The Imperial Logic of Bush's Liberal Agenda by Edward Rhodes in POLICY Summer 2003.) Fighting...

  • RESPONSES BY INVITATION: A Call To Inaction

    Peter Jennings | 12 Dec 2003 | POLICY Magazine

    (In response to American Grand Strategy: The Imperial Logic of Bush's Liberal Agenda by Edward Rhodes in POLICY Summer 2003.) A...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Straw dogs: Thoughts On Humans and Other Animals

    Jeremy Shearmur | 03 Mar 2003 | POLICY Magazine

    Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals by John Gray (Grants, 2002).

  • SCHOOLS BRIEF: I, Pencil

    Leonard E. Read | 09 Sep 2002 | POLICY Magazine

    Making pencils would not be possible without free markets, a simple truth that is often used to defend private enterprise.

  • INTERVIEW: Back To Human Nature?

    Andrew Norton | 09 Sep 2002 | POLICY Magazine

    Francis Fukuyama, internationally renowned philosopher and author of the recently released book, Our Posthuman Future: Consequence...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Robert Nozick

    Jonathan Crowe | 06 Jun 2002 | POLICY Magazine

    Robert Novick by A. R. Lacey (Princeton University Press, 2001.)

  • The Social Foundations of a Free Society

    Peter Saunders | 12 Feb 2002 | Occasional Papers

    A look at five main areas where current trends may be eroding the free society - family life, schooling, community relations,...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Representation of Business in English Literature

    Simon Caterson | 06 Jun 2001 | POLICY Magazine

    The Representation of Business in English Literature introduced and edited by Arthur Pollard (Institute of Economic Affairs,...

  • Shooting the Messenger: A Critique of Australia’s Internet Content Regulation Regime

    Heath Gibson | 02 Feb 2000 | Issue Analysis

    With the expansion of the Internet into society, media reports of pornography, paedophiles and racist web sites have induced...

  • Economics & Ethics: The Dispute and the Dialogue

    Samuel Gregg | 02 Nov 1999 | Occasional Papers

    The relationship between economists and religious thinkers is often acrimonious. In this Occasional Paper, an economist Professor...

  • FEATURE: The Mont Pelerin Society Bali Meeting

    Greg Lindsay | 09 Sep 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    The need remains to continue restating the case for the principles of classical liberalism in the West. A window of opportunity...

  • EDITORIAL: Spring 1999

    Greg Lindsay | 09 Sep 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Editorial for POLICY Magazine Spring 1999.

  • Principles for a Free Society

    Richard Epstein | 02 Aug 1999 | Occasional Papers

    The need for a principled reconciliation between the prerogatives of individual liberty and social order has been a central...

  • Catholicism and the Architecture of Freedom

    George Pell | 01 Aug 1999 | Occasional Papers

    The nature of freedom is a question that has puzzled western societies from their very beginnings. In the Centre for Independent...

  • Religion and Liberty: Western Experiences, Asian Possibilities

    Samuel Gregg | 01 Aug 1999 | Occasional Papers

    In this CIS Occasional Paper, Samuel Gregg examines religion and its effects upon liberty in the West, before speculating...

  • FEATURE: The 'Asian Way' and Modern Liberalism: A Hayekian Perspective

    Chandran Kukathas | 06 Jun 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    F.A Hayek did not travel much to Asia, nor did he write anything substantial about Asia. Can Hayek, then, have anything to...

  • In Praise of the Free Economy: Essays

    Michael Novak | 03 May 1999 | CIS Readings

    Michael Novak is the first contemporary Christian theologian to have dedicated many years of his life to a serious and open...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Justice for Here and Now

    Charles Richardson | 03 Mar 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Justice for Here and Now by James P. Sterba (Cambridge University Press, 1998.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Crisis of Global Capitalism: Open Society Endangered

    Robert Clark | 03 Mar 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    The Crisis of Global Capitalism: Open Society Endangered by George Soros (Little Brown, 1998.)

  • REVIEW: Learning From The Communist Experience?

    David Lovell | 12 Dec 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    The Reds: The Communist Party of Australia from Origins to Illegality by Stuart Macintyre (Allen & Unwin, 1998.)

  • The Modern Mask of Socialism

    Antonio Martino | 01 Nov 1998 | Occasional Papers

    After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War, many people assumed that socialism was dead and that liberal...

  • The Last Refuge: Hard and Soft Hansonism in Contemporary Australian Politics

    Chandran Kukathas | 21 Sep 1998 | Issue Analysis

    Hard Hansonism includes a number of characteristic policies – on aboriginal affairs, protectionism, privatisation, competition...

  • BOOK NOTES: The Logic of Action: Two

    Jason Soon | 09 Sep 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    The Logic of Action: Two by Murray N. Rothbard (Edward Elgar, 1997.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Rewriting the Sexual Contact

    Charles Richardson | 09 Sep 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Rewriting the Sexual Contact edited by Geoff Dench (Institute of Community Studies, 1997.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: On Voting: A Public Choice Approach

    Julie Novak | 09 Sep 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    On Voting: A Public Choice Approach by Gordon Tullock (Edward Elgar for the John Locke Institute, Cheltenham, 1998.)

  • COMMENT: Cacophony and Chaos

    Heath Gibson | 09 Sep 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Internet Censorship and Content Regulation.

  • FEATURE: Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value?

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 09 Sep 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Moving toward, or away from, wage justice for women?

  • EDITORIAL: Winter 1998

    Greg Lindsay | 06 Jun 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Editorial POLICY Magazine Winter 1998.

  • Open for Business? Australian Interests and the OECD's Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI)

    Wolfgang Kasper | 17 Apr 1998 | Issue Analysis

    The proposed OECD’s Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI), which the Australian government has been helping to negotiate,...

  • BOOK NOTES: An Introduction to the Thought of Karl Popper

    Jason Soon | 03 Mar 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    An Introduction to the Thought of Karl Popper by Roberta Corvi (Routledge, 1997.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Rooting Democracy

    Bruce Cohen | 03 Mar 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Rooting Democracy: Growing the Society We Want by Moira Rayner (Allen & Unwin, 1997.)

  • EDITORIAL: Autumn 1998

    Greg Lindsay | 03 Mar 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    POLICY Autumn 1998 Editorial

  • FEATURE: The New Populism in Australia

    Greg Melleuish | 12 Dec 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Since the 1970s, Australians have been living through an age of uncertainty or, perhaps more positively, an age of redefinition.

  • Nationality

    Lord Acton | 01 Dec 1997 | Occasional Papers

    Is the nation state the best form of political organisation? Should a country’s borders be based on racial or linguistic...

  • The Morality of Capitalism

    James Q. Wilson | 15 Oct 1997 | Occasional Papers

    Capitalism is winning the economic battle all over the world. The collapse of socialism has left it without serious challenge...

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Charles Murray's Libertarianism

    Jason Soon | 09 Sep 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    What It Means To Be A Libertarian: A Personal Interpretation Charles Murray (Broadway Books, 1997.)

  • FEATURE: The Moral Habit

    Andrew Norton | 09 Sep 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    An interview with James Q. Wilson.

  • EDITORIAL: Spring 1997

    Andrew Norton | 09 Sep 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Editorial for POLICY Magazine Spring 1997.

  • BOOK NOTES: When Strangers Cooperate: Using Social Conventions to Govern Ourselves

    Andrew Norton | 06 Jun 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    When Strangers Cooperate: Using Social Conventions to Govern Ourselves by David W. Brown (The Free Press, 1996.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Hayek and After: Hayekian Liberalism as a Research Programme

    Chandran Kukathas | 06 Jun 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Hayek and After: Hayekian Liberalism as a Research Programme by Jeremy Shearmur (Routledge, 1996.)

  • BOOK NOTE: Borders in Cyberspace: Information Policy and the Global Information and Infrastructure

    Danny Yee | 03 Mar 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Borders in Cyberspace: Information Policy and the Global Information and Infrastructure edited by Brian Kahin and Charles...

  • COMMENT: On The Fifth Anniversary of Hayek's Death

    Kurt R. Leube | 03 Mar 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    With the death of Friedrich A. von Hayek five years ago, we lost a last representative of a gifted generation of classically...

  • FEATURE: Threats to Freedom: Then and Now

    Greg Lindsay | 03 Mar 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    The Mont Pelerin Society after 50 years.

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Political Thought of Karl Popper

    Roger Sandall | 12 Dec 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    The Political Thought of Karl Popper by Jeremy Shearmur (Routledge, 1996.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Libertarians and Liberalism: Essays in Honour of Gerard Radnitzky

    Wolfgang Kasper | 12 Dec 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Libertarians and Liberalism: Essays in Honour of Gerard Radnitzky by H. Bouillon (Avebury-Ashgate Publishing, 1996.)

  • OBITUARY: Bert Kelly

    Ray Evans | 12 Dec 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Charles Robert Kelly: 1912-1997.

  • FEATURE: Fear of Freedom

    Chandran Kukathas | 12 Dec 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Political correctness, free speech and alien invasions.

  • Markets, Morals and Community

    Andrew Norton | 01 Oct 1996 | Occasional Papers

    Few people today doubt the market’s contribution to prosperity, but still there are powerful intellectual traditions opposing...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Age of Rights

    David Lovell | 09 Sep 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    The Age of Rights by Norberto Bobbio, translated by Allan Cameron (Polity Press, 1996.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: On the Cards: Privacy, Identity and Trust in the Age of Smart Technologies

    Richard Joseph | 09 Sep 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    On the Cards: Privacy, Identity and Trust in the Age of Smart Technologies by Perri 6 and Ivan Briscoe (Demos, 1996.)

  • Institutions of innovation and Poverty

    Ray Ball | 27 Aug 1996 | Occasional Papers

    Western nations benefit from social institutions that create prosperity and liberty. The separation of the economic and political...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Jurisprudence of Liberty

    Tracey Rowland | 06 Jun 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Jurisprudence of Liberty edited by Suri Ratnapala and G.A Moens (Butterworths, 1996.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Isaiah Berlin

    David Tucker | 06 Jun 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Isaiah Berlin by John Gray (HarperCollins, 1995.)

  • FEATURE: The CIS At Twenty

    Andrew Norton | 06 Jun 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Greg Lindsay talks to Andrew Norton on the 20th anniversary of the Centre for Independent Studies.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Civilizing Cyberspace: Policy Power, and the Information Superhighway

    Danny Yee | 03 Mar 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Civilizing Cyberspace: Policy Power, and the Information Superhighway by Steven E. Miller (Addison-Wesley/ACM Publishing,...

  • FEATURE: Nationality, Utility, Liberty

    Andrew Norton | 03 Mar 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Andrew Norton talks to Greg Melleuish and Chandran Kukathas about the nature of Australian Liberalism and the challenges...

  • FEATURE: Public Figures and The Press

    David Flint | 12 Dec 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Privacy and media accountability.

  • FEATURE: Brigitte Berger's Cautious Conservatism

    Andrew Norton | 09 Sep 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    After speaking with Brigitte Berger, the 1995 John Bonython Lecturer, Policy editor Andrew Norton analyses her distinctive...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The War of the Words: The Political Correctness Debate

    Andrew Norton | 09 Sep 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    The War of the Words: The Political Correctness Debate edited by Sarah Dunant (Virago Press, 1994.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Individualism and Collectivism

    Ann Yard | 09 Sep 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Individualism and Collectivism by Harry C. Triandis (Westview Press, 1995.)

  • The Social Roots of Prosperity

    Brigette Berger | 01 May 1995 | Occasional Papers

    A society’s prosperity depends on its families. That is the central message of Brigitte Berger’s analysis of economic...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Conditions of Liberty: Civil Society and Its Rivals

    Andrew Norton | 03 Mar 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Conditions of Liberty: Civil Society and Its Rivals by Ernest Gellner (Hamish Hamilton, 1994.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Index of Economic Freedom

    Kenneth Sey | 03 Mar 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    The Index of Economic Freedom by Bryan T. Johnson and Thomas P. Sheehy (Heritage Foundation, 1995.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Bioethics in Liberal Society

    | 12 Dec 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Bioethics in a Liberal Society by Max Charlesworth (Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 1993.)

  • The Century of Networking

    Rupert Murdoch | 20 Oct 1994 | Occasional Papers

    In this John Bonython Lecture, Rupert Murdoch reflects on the coming century of networking. In contrast with pessimistic...

  • FEATURE: An Interview with Conor Cruise O'Brien

    Andrew Norton | 09 Sep 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Nationalism, the Republic and what Edmund Burke would have thought of it all.

  • OBITUARY: Karl Popper

    Rafe Champion | 09 Sep 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    The death of Karl Popper signals the twilights of the era when philosophy in the English speaking world was dominated by...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Thinking the Unthinkable: Think-Tanks and the Economic Counter-Revolution 1931-1983

    Jeremy Shearmur | 09 Sep 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Thinking the Unthinkable: Think-Tanks and the Economic Counter-Revolution 1931-1983 by Richard Cockett (HarperCollins, London,...

  • The Moral Sense: An Essay

    James Q. Wilson | 01 Aug 1994 | Occasional Papers

    The distinctive feature of The Moral Sense: An Essay is that it uses the findings of modern science and social science to...

  • FEATURE: Defending Negative Liberty

    Chandran Kukathas | 06 Jun 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    The importance of there being no impediments to action.

  • FEATURE: Freedom of Expression

    David Flint | 06 Jun 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    The High Court takes steps to protect freedom of expression.

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Civic Community and Modern Democracy

    Andrew Norton | 06 Jun 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy by Robert D. Putnam, Robert Leonardi and Raffaella Y. Nanetti (Princeton...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Liberalism

    Rafe Champion | 06 Jun 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Liberalism edited by Richard J. Arneson (Edward Elgar, Aldershot, 1992.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Rethinking Theory

    Peter Murphy | 06 Jun 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Rethinking Theory by Richard Freadman and Seumas Miller (Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 1992.)

  • FEATURE: A Road to Hell Paved With Good Intentions

    Thomas Sowell | 03 Mar 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Hayek's warning to the world.

  • Literature and Freedom

    Mario Vargas Llosa | 01 Feb 1994 | Occasional Papers

    In this CIS Occasional Paper, Mario Vargas Llosa highlights the mutually beneficial relationship between literature and freedom....

  • Endangered Freedom

    Thomas Sowell | 16 Nov 1993 | Policy Monographs

    In the fifth John Bonython Lecture, Thomas Sowell argues that public life in Western countries is blighted by an ‘unconstrained...

  • Questions of Conquest and Culture

    Mario Vargas Llosa | 09 Sep 1993 | Occasional Papers

    In the tenth John Bonython Lecture, the Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa reflects on the key question: ‘Can these cultures...

  • Lessons from the Freiburg School: The Institutional Foundations of Freedom and Prosperity

    Wolfgang Kasper | 01 Jul 1993 | Occasional Papers

    West Germany’s post-War economic success was based on the ideas of the ‘Freiburg school,’ a school of liberal economists,...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Reviving the Vigorous Virtues

    Michael James | 03 Mar 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    The Anatomy of Thatcherism by Shirley Robin Letwin (Fontana, 1992.)

  • Why I Am Not a Conservative

    F.A. Hayek | 01 Nov 1992 | Occasional Papers

    Liberals who uphold the idea of a free society in which both economic and civil liberties are respected are often regarded...

  • Freedom, Tradition, Conservatism

    Frank Myer | 01 Jun 1992 | Occasional Papers

    This CIS Occasional Paper reproduces an essay of his first published in 1960. In it, Meyer argues that the ‘libertarian’...

  • FEATURE: For Compulsory Voting

    Ross Parish | 03 Mar 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    Australia's practice of compulsory voting is widely regarded as an infringement of individual liberty that benefits only...

  • FEATURE: Why Australia's Divorce Law Should Be Reformed

    Brian Trainor | 03 Mar 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    The law on divorce should be reformed to give effect to a 'democratic compromise' between liberal and conservative concerns.

  • REVIEW: Secret Ballot, Secret Malice

    Michael James | 03 Mar 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    Politics and Process: New Essays in Democratic Thought edited by Geoffrey Brennan and Loren E. Lomasky (Cambridge University...

  • OBITUARY: F. A. Hayek

    Chandran Kukathas | 03 Mar 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    F. A. Hayek, 8 May 1899 - 23 March 1992: An appreciation.

  • FEATURE: Universal Reason Covers All: Hiram Caton's The Politics of Progress

    Kenneth Minogue | 09 Sep 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    "The Libertarians' political beliefs are shaped by a legend of man's progress from the shackles of customary society to...

  • NOTES AND COMMENTS: The Blessing of Market Capitalism

    Wolfgang Kasper | 09 Sep 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    In Centesimus annus, the Pope is unsparing in his criticism of communism, socialism and (less explicitly) the Catholic flirtation...

  • Dismantling Socialism: A Preliminary Report

    Vaclav Klaus | 05 Aug 1991 | Occasional Papers

    In the eighth John Bonython Lecture, Václav Klaus, Finance Minister of Czechoslovakia, gives an account of his government’s...

  • The Fraternal Conceit: Individualist versus Collectivist Ideas of Community

    Chandran Kukathas | 06 May 1991 | Occasional Papers

    In this Occasional Paper, Dr Chandran Kukathas defends the liberal conception of civil association, in which individuals...

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Rationalist or Anti-Rationalist?

    Struan Jacobs | 03 Mar 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    Chandran Kukathas' Hayek and Modern Liberalism.

  • Socialism Is Dead But Leviathan Lives On

    James M. Buchanan | 03 May 1990 | Occasional Papers

    In the seventh John Bonython Lecture, James Buchanan observes that the death of socialism has not been accompanied by the...

  • The Egalitarian Conceit: False and True Equalities

    Kenneth Minogue | 15 Sep 1989 | Occasional Papers

    Professor Kenneth Minogue traces the roots of modern egalitarianism to the Greek and Christian culture from which Western...

  • Endangered Freedom

    Thomas Sowell | 01 Nov 1988 | Occasional Papers

    In the fifth John Bonython Lecture, Thomas Sowell argues that public life in Western countries is blighted by an ‘unconstrained...

  • Traditions of Liberalism: Essays on John Locke, Adam Smith and John Stuart Mill

    Knud Haakonssen | 01 Sep 1988 | CIS Readings

    The1980's has seem a remarkable revival of Classical Liberalism, the political philosophy that places a high value on individual...

  • The Enemies of Progress

    Ralph Harris | 05 Aug 1986 | Occasional Papers

    In the third John Bonython Lecture, Ralph Harris recounts the advances that economic freedom and entrepreneurship have brought...

  • Ideas about Freedom: A Discussion

    Kenneth Minogue | 06 Apr 1986 | Occasional Papers

    Kenneth R. Minogue and John Gray, in separate essays, examine the history and assumptions behind liberalism and conservatism....

  • The Anti-Capitalist Mentality: Post Mortem for an Ideology

    R.M. Hartwell | 05 Dec 1985 | Occasional Papers

    In the Second John Bonython Lecture, Professor R. M. Hartwell traces the history of the anti-capitalist mentality back to...

  • Hayek's 'Serfdom' Revisited

    Norman Barry | 01 Jun 1985 | CIS Readings

    Essays by economists, philosophers and political scientists on The Road to Serfdom after 40 years.  Tributes by Norman Barry,...

  • The Role of the Entreprenuer in the Economic System

    Israel Kirzner | 16 Feb 1984 | Occasional Papers

    In the Inaugural John Bonython Lecture, Israel Kirzner strongly defends the entrepreneur's role in keeping our economy healthy...

  • The Politics of Multiculturalism

    Raymond Sestito | 04 Jun 1982 | Policy Monographs

    For several years now, politicians of all persuasions have been telling us that Australia is a 'multicultural society'. Purely...

  • Liberty, Justice and the Market

    Lauchlan Chipman | 12 Dec 1981 | Occasional Papers

    Lauchlan Chipman challenges us not only to reject the notion that there is a conflict between liberty, justice and the market,...

  • Social Justice, Socialism and Democracy: Three Australian Lectures

    F.A. Hayek | 05 Jan 1979 | Occasional Papers

    Three lectures on democracy by F.A. Hayek.