The ideas of liberty can be summed up simply, but their implications and the world they illuminate are endlessly complex and require rigorous analysis. Every year, Atlas Network presents the Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award to an institute that has published a book, magazine, report, monograph, or study that, in the opinion of a panel of external judges, has had demonstrable impact and made the greatest contribution to public understanding of the free society. To qualify for this year’s award of $10,000, the publication year of the submitted material should be 2014 or 2015, and applications are due by May 31.
“This is one of the most exciting times of the year for us, because we receive so many excellent and interesting applications to all of our awards programs,” said Gonzalo Schwarz, Atlas Network’s director of strategic initiatives. “In particular, the Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award has had an amazing history of selecting groundbreaking publications that have become the focus of attention in both academic and policy debates. For example, such has been the case with The Other Path and The Mystery of Capital by Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto, books that have shaped the conversation in terms of property rights and excessive business regulations; or The Beautiful Tree by James Tooley, which has been pioneering the study of private schools in developing countries. All are helping the next generation of freedom advocates learn what they need to learn.”
Atlas Network awarded the 2015 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award to the Fraser Institute, an Atlas Network partner based in Canada, for its book What America’s Decline in Economic Freedom Means for Entrepreneurship and Prosperity. Edited by George Mason University economist Donald Boudreaux, the five essays in the book by notable U.S. economists explain the complex and interrelated roles that entrepreneurship and economic freedom play in economic recovery.
Other prior winners include:
- the London-based Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) in 2014 for the book Foundations of a Free Society, written by Adam Smith Institute Director Eamonn Butler;
- the Ronald Coase Institute and the Institute of Economic Affairs in 2013 for the book How China Became Capitalist, written by the late Nobel laureate economist Ronald Coase and Ning Wang, senior fellow of the Ronald Coase Institute and international director of the Ronald Coase Center for the Study of the Economy at Zheijiang University, China;
- the South Africa–based Centre for Development and Enterprise in 2012 for the book The Case for Business in Developing Economies, written by the organization’s executive director, Ann Bernstein;
and many more.