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Occasional Papers


Occasional Papers (OP) are short publications usually based on a lecture or presentation given at the CIS. Our annual John Bonython and Acton Lectures are part of the OP series.

  • Reflections on Privatisation

    Roderick Deane | 03 Mar 1991 | OP32

    In this Occasional Paper, Dr Roderick Deane, a close observer of New Zealand’s extensive privatisation program, argues that although corporatisation can dramatically improve the performance of state-owned...... Read More

  • Population Growth: Curse or Blessing?

    Peter T. Bauer | 07 May 1990 | OP28

    Population growth is widely regarded as self-evidently a cause of poverty and backwardness in Third World countries. In this Occasional Paper, Lord Bauer challenges this belief and argues that population...... Read More

  • Socialism Is Dead But Leviathan Lives On

    James M. Buchanan | 03 May 1990 | OP30

    In the seventh John Bonython Lecture, James Buchanan observes that the death of socialism has not been accompanied by the rise of any widespread faith in the free enterprise system, even though that system...... Read More

  • Are We Winning?

    Antonio Martino | 01 May 1990 | OP29

    Although classical liberal ideas are at present in the ascendancy, there is no guarantee that they will succeed in the long run in substantially reducing the size and power of the state. In this Occasional...... Read More

  • The Third World Debt Crisis: Can’t Pay or Won’t Pay?

    Peter T. Bauer | 13 Mar 1990 | OP31

    In this Occasional Paper, Lord Bauer questions the widely held belief that debt service is a major cause of poverty in Third World countries. He points out that: Almost all debtor countries restrict...... Read More

  • Economic Control or Economic Development

    Peter T. Bauer | 06 Jan 1990 | OP27

    P.T. Bauer argues that wide-ranging state controls hinder the development of Third World economies.... Read More

  • The Education Monopoly Problem

    Edwin G. West | 12 Dec 1989 | OP26

    Professor Edwin West explores the various mechanisms that have evolved in several countries for enhancing choice both within state school systems and between state and private schools.... Read More

  • The Egalitarian Conceit: False and True Equalities

    Kenneth Minogue | 15 Sep 1989 | OP25

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

  • The Crisis in Law

    Norman Barry | 06 Jan 1989 | OP23

    Professor Norman Barry argues that the current crisis in the law stems from the demise of the common law (which consists of general rules of conduct guiding individuals in the pursuit of their self chosen...... Read More

  • Endangered Freedom

    Thomas Sowell | 01 Nov 1988 | OP22

    In the fifth John Bonython Lecture, Thomas Sowell argues that public life in Western countries is blighted by an ‘unconstrained vision’ of man and society. This vision treats all social evils as curable:...... Read More

  • The Long Debate on Poverty

    R.M. Hartwell | 10 May 1988 | OP21

    In The Long Debate on Poverty, Professor Hartwell analyses the debate on poverty and its historical roots; demonstrates the remarkable similarity between earlier and modern discussions on the subject;...... Read More

  • Social Welfare: The Changing Debate

    David Green | 05 May 1988 | OP20

    David D. Green’s monograph Social Welfare: The Changing Debate, summarises the research findings and arguments of several recent studies of welfare dependency. ... Read More

  • Ideas, Interests and Experience: Some Implications for Policy Advice

    Roger Kerr | 03 Mar 1988 | OP19

    Economists are increasingly called upon by bureaucrats and government official for policy advice. But economists have not always been able to present their ideas effectively. Many basic concepts of economics...... Read More

  • Law and Liberty

    Shirley Robin Letwin | 07 Dec 1987 | OP17

    In the Fourth John Bonython Lecture, Shirley Letwin analyses the way in which the rule of law sustains individual liberty and a free society. Because the law provides a framework of rules for general cases,...... Read More

  • Beyond the Current Pessimism

    Ray Ball | 05 Aug 1987 | OP18

    Professor Ray Ball gives a personal interpretation of the historical roots of Australia’s economic malaise. ... Read More

  • The Enemies of Progress

    Ralph Harris | 05 Aug 1986 | OP16

    In the third John Bonython Lecture, Ralph Harris recounts the advances that economic freedom and entrepreneurship have brought the world and reminds us that all this good has been an ‘unintended consequence...... Read More

  • Ideas about Freedom: A Discussion

    Kenneth Minogue | 06 Apr 1986 | OP15

    Kenneth R. Minogue and John Gray, in separate essays, examine the history and assumptions behind liberalism and conservatism. They place the two doctrines squarely in the world of toady and recommend more...... Read More

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

    R.M. Hartwell | 05 Dec 1985 | OP14

    In the Second John Bonython Lecture, Professor R. M. Hartwell traces the history of the anti-capitalist mentality back to myths surrounding the Industrial Revolution in England.... Read More

  • Trial Without Error: Anticipation vs Resilence as Strategies for Risk Reduction

    Aaron Wildavsky | 19 Aug 1985 | OP13

    Safety regulations are proliferating at a great rate in society today, attempting to protect us from hundreds of known and unknown dangers. It is the unknown dangers that Aaron Wildavsky addresses here....... Read More

  • Enterprise: Free, Dependent or Captor?

    Warren Hogan | 08 Aug 1985 | OP12

    The relationship between government and business is the theme of this essay. Each depends on the other, and each uses the other for its own purposes. Business seeks favours from government in the form...... Read More