Nigel Ashford

Nigel Ashford

Senior Program Officer
Institute for Humane Studies

Dr. Nigel Ashford is senior program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies. He joined IHS from the United Kingdom where he was professor of politics and Jean Monnet Scholar in European Integration at Staffordshire University, England. Dr. Ashford has also directed the Principles for a Free Society Project at the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation in Sweden, and was a Bradley Resident Scholar at the Heritage Foundation and Visiting Scholar at the Social and Philosophy Policy Center in Bowling Green. He is a recipient of the International Anthony Fisher Trust Prize for published work which strengthens public understanding of the political economy of the free society.

Dr. Ashford was also Chairman of the American Politics Group of the United Kingdom. He is author of Principles for a Free Society (Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation, 1999, 2003), which is available in six languages. He is co-author of US Politics Today (Manchester University Press, 1999); Public Policy and the Impact of the New Right (St Martin’s Press, 1994) and A Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought (Routledge, 1991), and numerous articles on how ideas influence US politics.

Blog Posts

8 Networking Tips for ISFLC 2017

ISLFC a perfect opportunity to get ideas for campus leadership, talk to professors and intellectuals you admire, or find a connection for a summer internship, so don’t let it go to waste. Here are some go-to tips to make the most of the weekend.

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Schools of thought in classical liberalism

Classical liberals all agree that government should be limited, but they disagree about how they get to that conclusion.

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What is classical liberalism?

If you ask most people what classical liberalism is, they’ll say that it’s essentially free-market economics. But that’s a rather impoverished and narrow idea.

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Your guide to job opportunities in the liberty movement

The liberty movement is hiring, and chances are you’re a perfect candidate.

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What is “Libertarian”?

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What is “Libertarian”?

Are we living in the “libertarian moment”? What is a libertarian, anyway? With prominent libertarian figures like Ron Paul, John Stossel, Penn Jillette, and even Ron Swanson, and libertarian-leaning figures like…

Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism, Part 7: Conclusion: What’s Your View?

In his conclusion to the series “Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism,” Dr. Nigel Ashford asks: What do you think the role of government should be? How do you decide…

Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism, Part 6: Anarcho-Capitalism

What is an anarchist?  Most people associate the word “anarchist” with the political left. However, there are anarchists who advocate for completely unrestricted capitalism, also known as anarcho-capitalistism. Two prominent…

Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism, Part 5: Natural Rights

Some philosophers believe that all human beings have natural rights. America has a strong natural rights tradition, embodied in the Declaration of Independence’s claim that all men are endowed with…

Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism, Part 4: The Austrian School

When people refer to the “Austrian School,” they are usually referring to the ideas of two prominent economists: Friedrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises. Dr. Nigel Ashford highlights the similarities…

Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism, Part 3: Public Choice

Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism, Part 3: Public Choice What is the proper role of government and how can it be limited? Dr. Nigel Ashford continues his series on classical…

Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism, Part 2: Milton Friedman and the Chicago School

Dr. Nigel Ashford discusses the ideas of Milton Friedman, a Nobel Laureate and economist. Friedman is widely considered the founder of the Chicago School, an intellectual tradition that basis its…

Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism, Part 1: Introduction

What is “classical liberalism?” Many people say they’re a classical liberal – or “libertarian” – but that means different things to different people. Libertarians agree that the government should be…

What is Classical Liberalism?

Dr. Nigel Ashford explains the 10 core principles of the classical liberal & libertarian view of society and the proper role of government: 1) Liberty as the primary political value;…