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UK DEPARTMENT VOWS TO FIGHT TAXPAYER-FUNDED ‘SOCK PUPPET’ LOBBYING

It’s bad enough when people use their own money to lobby the government for money or special treatment. For years, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), an Atlas Network partner based in the United Kingdom, has written about an even more insidious problem — the widespread use of taxpayer funds to lobby for more self-serving p...

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GREEK SOLVENCY REQUIRES POLITICAL REFORM, SUPPORT FROM POPULACE

A hard currency backed by specie like gold or silver imposes sound economic policies on the nations that use them, but currency established by central bank fiat requires sound policies to be established by political mechanisms in concert with the support of the electorate. In the case of the stagnation in Greece, the European Un...

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IWF RESPONDS TO OSCARS SPEECH ABOUT GENDER WAGE GAP

Every year at the Oscars telecast, a few Academy Award winners inevitably use their acceptance speeches as a platform for their own pet political causes. During Sunday’s broadcast, Best Supporting Actress winner Patricia Arquette spent a few moments calling for “wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the U...

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BITCOIN: UNDERSTANDING DECENTRALIZED DIGITAL CURRENCY

Everybody’s talking about bitcoin. That shouldn’t be too surprising, because bitcoin is catching on with the public as a versatile new form of currency — and who’s not interested in talking about money? Although the market value of bitcoin fluctuates like any commodity, demand shows no signs of vanishing. Unfortunately, much of...

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KANSAS SPENDS MORE ON PUBLIC EDUCATION WHILE GETTING LESS

Kansas is spending billions on public education, yet student assessment scores remain static. It’s a familiar story in public school systems across the country, and Atlas Network partner Kansas Policy Institute (KPI) breaks down the details of education spending, taxpayer aid, and student achievement data for its state in the 20...

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CHINESE CONSTRUCTION BOOM WASTES RESOURCES ON MASSIVE SCALE

China has made enormous economic progress in the years following the death of Mao Zedong. The liberalization of the economy has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of conditions of abject misery, in which most earned little more than the equivalent of a cup of rice per day. It also brought less expensive goods and services...

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LEARNING FROM SWITZERLAND’S DECENTRALIZED MODEL

For countries with a dominant central government, public officials may have trouble imagining competition between local and regional jurisdictions. In a new article from a series by Atlas Network partner Avenir Suisse, Oliver Hartwich — a former London resident and current executive director of New Zealand–based Atlas Network pa...

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CPPR-ALA POLICY SCHOOL GRADUATES SHOW SUCCESS ONE YEAR AFTER TRAINING

The upcoming Centre for Public Policy Research-Atlas Leadership Academy Policy School offers aspiring researchers two weeks of intensive training in methods of public policy research. In the past, CPPR has trained participants from 32 countries in its program covering research methodology, public policy evaluation, and policy br...

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CONFERENCE ATTRACTS 1,700 TO FIGHT FOR LIBERTY

Students for Liberty has grown from a handful of college students in 2008 who wanted to share ideas for how to build their libertarian campus groups to a worldwide network of more than 1,350 student groups representing more than 100,000 students on all inhabited continents. That stunning growth in the space of seven short years...

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CURRENCY EXCHANGE RATES AFFECT INNUMERABLE CHANGING PRICES

When the media reports on changing currency exchange rates, they tend to provide a simplistic portrayal of the effects. On one hand, we may hear that the falling value of the ruble relative to other currencies is proving harmful to Russians. On the other, we may hear that central banks in Europe and Japan are actively trying to...

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HUNGARY STANDS AT A CROSSROADS BETWEEN AUTHORITY AND LIBERTY

Hungary has been headed down a path toward a Vladimir Putin–style authoritarian state for the past few years, ever since Prime Minister Viktor Orbán took power in 2010. Driven by a supermajority of the governing party, Fidesz, Hungary’s government has settled into a status quo bolstered by self-serving propaganda and corruption...

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ATLAS NETWORK PLAYS PROMINENT ROLE AT ISFLC

The annual International Students for Liberty Conference attracts young freedom champions from across the globe to explore new ideas, strategies, and opportunities for advancing liberty. Attendance at the conference has risen from a modest group of about 30 participants at its founding in 2008 to more than 1,400 people, and Atla...

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UK GROUP REVIEWS LONG-TERM BENEFITS OF SCHOOL CHOICE IN ISRAEL

Test scores are a useful metric to determine how school choice helps students achieve better educational outcomes, but success on tests is only the tip of the iceberg in what parents hope their children will accomplish. A new and growing body of research is exploring how school choice affects “overall well being later in life,”...

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IMANI EXPLAINS HOW TO CLEAR ‘GHOSTS’ FROM GHANA’S PUBLIC PAYROLLS

Governments throughout the world often hemorrhage funds through various forms of public-sector corruption. One common form of government fraud in developing nations is filling public payrolls with nonexistent employees, or “ghosts,” through which taxpayer revenue can be funneled into dishonest hands. IMANI, an Atlas Network part...

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ATLAS NETWORK GRANT OPPORTUNITY TO MEASURABLY MOVE THE PUBLIC POLICY NEEDLE

Advocating liberty and free markets can yield benefits in countless ways, many of them unplanned and unforeseen, but one of the best strategies to be sure your advocacy has a tangible and measurable impact is to tie it to a select, reputable international ranking or index and then objectively assess the results. That’s why Atlas...

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GREEK STANDOFF BETWEEN REGULATORS AND INVESTORS

The newly elected leaders of the Greek government have stood in defiant opposition to the fiscal austerity and regulatory reforms called for by the European Union and International Monetary fund. The economic crisis in Greece is poised to deepen even further, now that the EU has lifted its waiver on Greek government debt as coll...

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MEDICAID EXPANSION BOTH COSTLY AND HARMFUL

Funding from the federal government can seem like “free money” to state officials who don’t have to take a personal role in levying higher taxes to hand out extra services to their constituents. The federal push to expand Obamacare’s Medicaid eligibility is therefore proving to be a tempting initiative even among politicians who...

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PROMETHEUS – THE LIBERTY INSTITUTE IGNITES FLAME OF LIBERTY IN GERMANY

Today, Germany has a new voice dedicated to advancing the ideas of a free society. Launched in Berlin on Feb. 2, Prometheus – Das Freiheitsinstitut (Prometheus – The Liberty Institute) is a think tank dedicated to individual freedom, the strengthening of civil society, free-market economics, the rule of law, and the dismantling...

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FREE ONLINE COURSE HELPS ANYONE LEARN SOUND ECONOMIC PRINCIPLES

A grounding in basic economic thought and concepts is one of the most important factors in fostering a citizenry that can make careful, prudent decisions and hold their elected officials accountable. Sadly, economic education is too often missing from school curricula, leaving generations of graduates without the intellectual to...

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CEDICE ILLUSTRATES PUBLIC SPENDING DISASTERS IN VENEZUELA

Venezuela is in a state of political and economic turmoil, but the nation’s politicians too often escape blame. To help Venezuelans understand how their political system creates economic disaster, Atlas Network partner CEDICE has created a short and accessible video asking, “How does public spending affect you?”

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LFMI WEBINAR EXPLAINS AWARD-WINNING MUNICIPAL PERFORMANCE INDEX

When people are free to vote with their feet, moving from one city to another in pursuit of lower taxes, a more favorable regulatory climate, and greater economic opportunity, municipal governments have to respond with better policy. In order to make informed choices about where to live, though, people need quality information....

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NEW WEBSITE HOSTS LIBRARY OF CLASSICAL LIBERAL THOUGHT IN INDIA

India has a rich tradition of classical liberal thought, and Atlas Network partner Centre for Civil Society (CCS) launched a new website on Jan. 17 at the first annual Asia Students for Liberty Conference. The project aims to revive these ideas and bring them to greater prominence in India’s modern political world.

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