A Conversation with Harris and Seldon

96 Pages Posted: 1 Apr 2005

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Ralph Harris

Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) - UK

Arthur Seldon



From the mid 1950s to the late 1980s, Ralph Harris and Arthur Seldon, as general director and editorial director respectively of the IEA, battled against a conventional wisdom which was hostile to markets. Eventually, by force of argument, they overcame much of the resistance to market ideas, and in the process established the Institute's formidable influence in shaping both opinion and policy.

This Occasional Paper begins with a transcript of a conversation with Harris and Seldon whch provides many insights into how they work and what obstacles they encountered. Eight distinguished scholars, each familiar with the work of the Institute, then provide commentaries which assess its influence on thinking and the challenge to government which it constituted during the Harris/Seldon years.

Keywords: think tanks, ideas, IEA

JEL Classification: A10, A11, A20, A29

Suggested Citation

Harris, Ralph and Seldon, Arthur, A Conversation with Harris and Seldon. IEA Occasional Paper No. 116, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=681141 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.681141

Ralph Harris (Contact Author)

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