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FRASER INSTITUTE NAMED A FINALIST FOR ATLAS NETWORK’S 2020 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

August 24, 2020

Historically, Alberta has been a leader in sound economic governance within North America. However, that standing has declined in recent years due to poor public policy from across the political spectrum. To reverse this trend, the Fraser Institute launched the Alberta Prosperity Initiative (API) in 2012, seeking to explain to residents and government officials the extent to which Alberta’s growing challenges were being driven by economic mismanagement and how a change in policy would restore Alberta’s premier status as an economic powerhouse. Thanks to their effective research and promotion, Fraser created popular demand in the province for market-oriented reform.

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MERCATUS CENTER NAMED A FINALIST FOR ATLAS NETWORK’S 2020 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

August 24, 2020

Certificate of need (CON) laws require healthcare providers to seek regulatory approval before opening or expanding their facilities. Often a lengthy, costly, and unpredictable process, CON laws have decreased quality and access to care, while increasing costs for patients and providers. Since 2016, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University has spearheaded efforts to highlight the failures of these policies. Their work has demonstrated a path to reform for the 37 states with CON laws on the books.

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PERC NAMED A FINALIST FOR ATLAS NETWORK’S 2020 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

August 24, 2020

Protecting endangered species is a fairly uncontroversial policy issue. While the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) has helped to prevent 99 percent of listed species from going extinct, only two percent of those species have ever recovered their populations to warrant no longer being listed. To improve this poor track record, the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) launched its “Recovering Endangered Species” project in 2017, aimed at enhancing outcomes for endangered species through market-based incentive structures that leverage both private and public conservation efforts.

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GROUPS FROM CANADA, COSTA RICA, INDIA, INDONESIA, & US NAMED 2020 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD FINALISTS

August 24, 2020

Awarded annually since 2004, Atlas Network’s Templeton Freedom Award is named for the late investor and philanthropist Sir John Templeton. This prestigious prize honors Sir John’s legacy by recognizing Atlas Network’s partner organizations for exceptional and innovative contributions to the understanding of free enterprise and the advancement of public policies that encourage prosperity, innovation, and human fulfillment. The award is generously supported by Templeton Religion Trust and is presented live during Atlas Network’s Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner. The winning organization receives a $100,000 grand prize and the runners-up each receive $20,000.

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"CHRONICLES OF SOCIALISM OF THE 21ST CENTURY" EXAMINES ECUADOR'S RECENT HISTORY

June 12, 2020

Atlas Network partner Libre Razón has released "Crónicas del Socialismo del Siglo XXI," a libertarian analysis of how Ecuador’s socialist government has become increasingly divided as a result of corruption scandals and a collapsing economy. Written by Andrés Ortiz Lemos and Luis Espinosa Goded, the book analyzes the country’s economic, social, and political structure in order to educate people on how "Correísmo," current president Lenin Moreno, and the local form of socialism have negatively impacted Ecuador and the region.

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ALBERTA INSTITUTE LEADS THE WAY ON ACCOUNTABILITY

June 8, 2020

The Alberta Institute, an Atlas Network partner in Canada, had been promoting accountability, transparency, and fiscal prudence in municipal governments across Alberta for years, and their efforts are bearing fruit in a number of areas.

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