With more than 460 Atlas Network partners in 96 countries, the movement to advance individual liberty, free markets, the rule of law, and peace is worldwide and cross-cultural. Each partner faces both unique challenges and opportunities within its own geographical area, but the opponents and strategies involved are often strikingly similar across the globe.
The fight for freedom is universal, and Atlas Network partners have a great deal to learn from each other’s work — but language barriers can be a significant obstacle in sharing information. That’s why Denmark-based Center for Political Studies (CEPOS) has translated the abstracts of nearly 400 studies from Danish into English, with work dating back 10 years.
“Almost all of our analysis papers are normally only written in the Danish language, as they deal strictly with the Danish economy, law, etc.,” said CEPOS Director of Development Henrik Holm. “But the topics of the analysis and the methods used could be of interest for think tanks in other countries.”
CEPOS found a handful of highly skilled translators to work their way through the tremendous depth of content that the think tank has built over the years. Holm indicated that he hopes to see other non-English-speaking think tanks around the globe follow suit, so that he and his colleagues can also be inspired by more of the hard work and research happening throughout the world.
Among the recent work available in English is an analysis by CEPOS Director for Analysis Otto Brøns-Petersen of French economist Thomas Piketty’s predictions about wealth, capital, and inequality. Brøns-Petersen explains how Piketty fails to substantiate his “grand narrative” about rising inequality and corresponding threats to democracy, and points out that Piketty’s calls for steep increases in taxes on income and capital would have adverse economic effects — not only for savers, but wage earners as well. The full study is available in English.
Other recent pieces with English abstracts available are an analysis of how Nordic welfare state policies increasingly encroach on the economic freedom that allows such large public sectors to exist in the first place, and a study of how drawing inspiration from the extra economic freedoms of other nations could allow Denmark to reach the top three nations in the Economic Freedom of the World rankings.