November 5, 2014 Print

London-based Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) was named winner of Atlas Network’s 2014 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award for its book Foundations of a Free Society (2013), authored by Eamonn Butler with a forward by Ali Salman.

The book presents in simple terms the moral, economic and practical case for a free society, including issues such as property rights, justice, equality, law, government, toleration and limits on official power.

IEA Director General Mark Littlewood said, "I'm delighted that IEA was recognized for its publication of Foundations of a Free Society. We are honored to win this prestigious award. This particular book is at the core of the IEA’s mission, outlining how freedom creates prosperity and unleashes invention and innovation."

Author of the book and director of the Adam Smith Institute, Eamonn Butler said, “This book aims to give people in less-free societies the confidence that they can take public affairs out of the hands of a strong government and trust the people instead.”

Established in 1990, the award recognizes the organization that 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. The award commemorates Fisher’s ideals and achievements. This is the 25th edition of the Fisher International Memorial Award. In addition to the $10,000 prize, the winning organization will be recognized at this year’s Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner, Nov 12 -13, in New York City.

Previous winners of the award include the Ronald Coase Institute (USA) for its book How China Became Capitalist (2013), authored by the late Nobel Laureate Ronald Coase and Ning Wang; the Centre for Development and Enterprise (South Africa) for its book The Case for Business in Developing Economies (2010), authored by Ann Bernstein; and Cato Institute (USA) for its book The Beautiful Tree (2009), authored by James Tooley.

What: London-based Institute of Economic Affairs wins Atlas Network’s 2014 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award

When: Nov. 12, 2014, 10:00 a.m.

Where: Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner – InterContinental Times Square Hotel, New York City (W 44th St. and 8th Ave.)

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About Atlas Network

Washington-based, Atlas Network is a nonprofit organization connecting a global network of 450+ free-market organizations in 90+ countries to the ideas and resources needed to advance the cause of liberty.

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About Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA)

The IEA is the UK's original free-market think-tank. Founded in 1955, its mission is to improve understanding of the fundamental institutions of a free society by analyzing and expounding the role of markets in solving economic and social problems.