Bastiat Prize Finalists

2003-2011

2011

Announcing Finalists for 2011 Bastiat Prizes for Journalism & Online Journalism

LONDON—International Policy Network is pleased to announce the finalists in its ninth Bastiat Prize for Journalism. The competition includes one prize awarded for print journalism ($15,000 total prize money), and one prize awarded for online journalism ($3,000 prize money).

Tom Easton (finalist)
The Economist
Bamboo Capitalism

Virginia Postrel (finalist)
Articles published in Wall Street Journal/Bloomberg
No Free Locavore Lunch
Need a Lightbulb? Uncle Sam Gets to Decide
The Fantasy of Survivalism

Jeff Jacoby (finalist)
Boston Globe
A deadly organ donor system
Clunker Q&A [or: The Truth about Cash for Clunkers]
"A ride in Big Brother's Audi" [or: "Big Brother out of control"]

Salil Tripathi (finalist)
Articles published in the National (UAE) and Mint (India)
Poor conditions for borrowing in India
A Dirigisme for the Poor
You are Not Free

Takis Michas (finalist)
Articles published in: The Wall Street Journal and Cato Policy Report
Greece’s Bailout Brinkmanship - June 20, 2011
Athens Descends into Anarchy - April 13, 2011
A Greek Tragedy - August 1, 2010

Ivo Vegter (finalist)
Car Magazine/The Daily Maverick (South Africa)
An Entirely Futile Tax - May 1, 2011
Welcome Walmart - May 9, 2011
Gautrain's PPP: Political Patronage Profiteering - June 23, 2011


October 11, 2010

IPN Announces 2010 Bastiat Prize Finalists

LONDON—International Policy Network is pleased to announce the finalists in its ninth Bastiat Prize for Journalism. The competition includes one prize awarded for print journalism ($15,000 total prize money), and one prize awarded for online journalism ($3,000 prize money). Winners and runners-up will be announced in early November.

Seven finalists for the print journalism prize are:

  • Andrew Ferguson, Weekly Standard
  • Peter Foster, National Post, Canada (2009 finalist)
  • Tim Harford, Financial Times (2006 co-winner)
  • Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe
  • Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal
  • Jamie Whyte, freelance (for articles written in The Times and Wall Street Journal; (2006 co-winner)
  • Martin Wolf, Financial Times

Three finalists for the online prize are:

  • James Delingpole, blogger for telegraph.co.uk
  • Philip Maymin, columnist, fairfieldweekly.com and lewrockwell.com
  • Mark Perry, Carpe Diem blog / American Enterprise Institute / University of Michigan

The Bastiat Prize was first awarded in 2002 and judges have included Lady Thatcher and Nobel-Prize-winners James Buchanan and Milton Friedman. The winner of the Bastiat Prize will receive US$10,000, and the winner of the Bastiat Prize for Online Journalism will receive US$3,000. They will also receive an engraved crystal candlestick—a reference to an essay by Frederic Bastiat entitled “A Petition”.


August 27, 2009

Announcing Finalists for 2009 Bastiat Prizes for Journalism & Online Journalism

Nine Finalists Include UK MEP Dan Hannan: International Policy Network today announced the finalists for the eighth annual Bastiat Prize for Journalism and the first Bastiat Prize for Online Journalism. Finalists include MEP Daniel Hannan, for articles written on his Telegraph blog.

Winners will be announced at the annual Bastiat Prize Dinner in New York City on 26 October, featuring journalist/author P.J. O’Rourke as the keynote speaker. “P.J. O’Rourke, one of Bastiat’s true spiritual successors, sets a high bar,” said IPN Executive Director, Julian Morris, “But the finalists all show a deep understanding of the institutions that underpin freedom and an acute ability to communicate their importance to a general audience. The final decision lies with our eminent judges –including former winners, Brian Carney and Amity Shlaes, and internet entrepreneurs Jimmy Wales, Esther Dyson and Scott Banister.”

Finalists, Bastiat Prize for Journalism 2009

•    Nolan Finley, Detroit News
•    Peter Foster, National Post
•    Robert Guest, The Economist
•    John Hasnas, for column written in Wall Street Journal
•    Matthew Kaminski, Wall Street Journal
•    Robert Robb, Arizona Republic

Finalists, Bastiat Prize for Online Journalism 2009

•    Shikha Dalmia, Forbes.com, Reason Foundation
•    Daniel Hannan, Telegraph.co.uk blog
•    Rohan Samarajiva, for columns written in LankaBusinessOnline

The Bastiat Prize was first awarded in 2002 and judges have included Lady Thatcher and Nobel-Prize-winners James Buchanan and Milton Friedman. The winner of the Bastiat Prize will receive US$10,000, and the winner of the Bastiat Prize for Online Journalism will receive US$3,000. They will also receive an engraved crystal candlestick—a reference to Bastiat's essay, "A Petition"

The Bastiat Prize is sponsored by International Policy Network (IPN), a London-based think tank that seeks to improve public understanding of the role of the institutions of the free society. 


August 5, 2008

Announcing Finalists for 2008 Bastiat Prizes for Journalism and Online Journalism

LONDON—International Policy Network today announced the six finalists for the seventh annual Bastiat Prize for Journalism. The Prize – named in honour of the great 19th-Century French philosopher and essayist Frédéric Bastiat – celebrates writers whose work clearly and wittily promotes the institutions of the free society.

“This year, we received over 250 submissions from writers in more than 50 countries, including many published in the world’s top newspapers and magazines. The quality of submissions was excellent, and we feel that the final six all show a deep understanding of the institutions of the free society and an acute ability to communicate their importance to a general audience. The final decision is now in the hands of our eminent judges – which include former winners, Brian Carney and Amity Shlaes, and the former Chancellor of the British Exchequer, Nigel Lawson. We look forward to announcing this year’s winners at the Bastiat Prize dinner on October 22,” said IPN Executive Director, Julian Morris.

The 2008 finalists:

  • Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar, Consulting Editor, Economic Times. Times of India
  • Tyler Cowen, Professor of Economics, George Mason University, New York Times columnist
  • A. Barton Hinkle, Deputy Op-Ed Editor, Richmond Times-Dispatch, USA
  • Fraser Nelson, Political Editor, The Spectator,UK; The Business, UK; Daily Telegraph, UK
  • Ashutosh Tiwari, CEO, Himalmedia,Nepali Times Business Columnist, Nepal
  • Daniel Weintraub, Public Affairs Columnist,Sacramento Bee, USA

The first, second and third prize winners will be announced at the Bastiat Prize Dinner in New York on 22 October 2008. The winner will receive US$10,000 and an engraved candlestick. Second and third prize winners will receive $4,000 and $1,000 respectively, as well as an engraved candlestick.

The Bastiat Prize was first awarded in 2002 and judges have included Lady Thatcher and Nobel-Prize-winners James Buchanan and Milton Friedman.

This year’s panel of judges is:

  • Anne Applebaum (Editorial Board member, Washington Post)
  • Brian Carney (Editorial Board member, Wall Street Journal)
  • Professor Bibek Debroy (International Management Institute, India)
  • Judge Douglas Ginsburg (Washington DC Court of Appeals)
  • Lord Lawson (Former British Chancellor of the Exchequer)
  • Matt Ridley (Author on genetics and human behaviour)
  • Amity Shlaes (Syndicated Bloomberg columnist; visiting senior fellow, Council on Foreign Relations)

Last year’s Bastiat prize winner was Amit Varma for his articles in Mint India. Clive Crook, senior editor of The Atlantic Monthly and Associate Editor of the Financial Times, and Jonah Goldberg of National Review Online were placed second and third respectively.

Previous Bastiat winners include:

  • Tim Harford of the Financial Times and Jamie Whyte, for articles written in The Times, UK
  • Mary Anastasia O’Grady of the Wall Street Journal
  • Amity Shlaes, then with the Financial Times
  • Robert Guest, The Economist
  • Sauvik Chakraverti, Economic Times of India and Brian Carney, then with the Wall Street Journal Europe

Entries for the Bastiat Prize are judged on intellectual content, persuasiveness of language used, and their clarity to the intelligent layman. The Prize is open to all writers in English, anywhere in the world. The prize was developed to encourage and reward writers whose published works promote the institutions of a free society: limited government, rule of law brokered by an independent judiciary, protection of private property, free markets, free speech, and sound science.

The Bastiat Prize is sponsored by International Policy Network (IPN), a London-based think tank that seeks to improve public understanding of the role of the institutions of the free society.

"The final decision is now in the hands of our eminent panel of judges, which comprises two former winners, Brian Carney (Wall Street Journal) and Amity Shlaes (syndicated Bloomberg columnist), two world-renowned economists, Professors Bibek Debroy and Wolfgang Kasper, and the Chief Judge of the DC Court of Appeals, Douglas Ginsburg. We look forward to announcing this year’s winners at the Bastiat Prize dinner on October 24th.”


2007

The 2007 finalists (in alphabetical order followed by the publication(s) in which their entries appeared):

  • Clive Crook, The Atlantic Monthly, USA; National Journal, USA
  • Jonah Goldberg, LA Times, USA; Orlando Sentinel/syndicated, USA; National Review, USA
  • A. Barton Hinkle, Richmond Times-Dispatch, USA
  • Dominic Lawson, The Independent, UK
  • Patrick McIlheran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, USA
  • Amit Varma, Mint, India

The winners will be announced at the Bastiat Prize Dinner in New York on 24th October 2007. The first prize winner will receive US$10,000 and an engraved candlestick. Second and third prize winners will receive $4000 and $1000 respectively, as well as an engraved candlestick.

The Bastiat Prize was first awarded in 2002 and judges have included Lady Thatcher and Nobel-Prize-winners James Buchanan and Milton Friedman.

This year’s panel of judges is:

  • Brian Carney (Editorial Board member, Wall Street Journal)
  • Professor Bibek Debroy (International Management Institute, India)
  • Judge Douglas Ginsburg (Chief Judge, Washington DC Court of Appeals)
  • Professor Wolfgang Kasper (Emeritus Professor, University of New South Wales, Australia)
  • Amity Shlaes (syndicated Bloomberg columnist; senior fellow in economic history, Council on Foreign Relations)

Last year’s joint first prize winners were Tim Harford of the Financial Times and Jamie Whyte for his articles in The Times of London. Rakesh Wadhwa took third prize for his articles in the Himalayan Times. Previous winners include Mary Anastasia O’Grady of the Wall Street Journal, Amity Shlaes (then with the Financial Times), Robert Guest (The Economist), Sauvik Chakraverti (Economic Times of India) and Brian Carney (then with the Wall Street Journal Europe). Entries for the Bastiat Prize are judged on intellectual content, persuasiveness of language used, and type and location of publication. The Prize is open to all writers, anywhere in the world; writers need not be associated with any specific publication. The Prize was developed to encourage and reward writers whose published works promote the institutions of a free society: property rights, the rule of law and limited government.

The Bastiat Prize is sponsored by International Policy Network (IPN), which comprises two sister organisations: a charity based in London and a non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation in the US.


August 3, 2006

2006 Bastiat Prize for Journalism - Finalists announced

LONDON—International Policy Network today announced the six finalists for the fifth annual Bastiat Prize for Journalism. The Prize – named in honour of the great 19th Century French philosopher and essayist Frédéric Bastiat – celebrates writers whose work cleverly and wittily promotes the institutions of the free society.

“This year, we received over 250 submissions from writers in 40 countries, including many published in the world’s top newspapers and magazines. The quality of submissions was extremely high and we feel that the final six all show a deep understanding of the institutions of the free society and an acute ability to communicate about these to the general public. The final decision is now in the hands of our eminent judges – which include former British Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson and Chief Judge of the DC Court of Appeals Douglas Ginsburg. We look forward to announcing this year’s winners at the Bastiat Prize dinner on November 1st,” said IPN Executive Director, Julian Morris.

The 2006 finalists (in alphabetical order followed by the publication(s) in which their entries appeared):
• Tim Harford – Financial Times, UK (with one article in New York Times, USA)
• Frank Miele – The Daily Inter Lake, USA
• Ila Patnaik – Indian Express, India
• Gabriel Rozenberg – The Times, UK
• Rakesh Wadhwa – The Himalayan Times, Nepal
• Jamie Whyte – The Times, UK

The winners will be announced at the Bastiat Prize Dinner in New York on 1 November 2006. The winner will receive US$10,000 and an engraved candlestick. Second and third prize winners will receive $4000 and $1000 respectively, as well as an engraved candlestick.

The Bastiat Prize was first awarded in 2002 and judges have included Lady Thatcher and Nobel-Prize-winners James Buchanan and Milton Friedman. Current judges include: Amity Shlaes (Bloomberg columnist), Edward Crane (president of the Cato Institute), Bibek Debroy (PHD Chamber of Commerce, India), Lord Kalms of Edgware (founder of the Dixons Group), Ruth Richardson (former Finance Minister of New Zealand), Brian Carney (Wall Street Journal), Lord Lawson of Blaby (former Chancellor of the Exchequer) and Douglas Ginsburg (Chief Judge, DC Court of Appeals).

Last year’s winners were Mary Anastasia O’Grady of The Wall Street Journal (1st), George Kerevan of The Scotstman (2nd) and Allister Heath of The Business (honourable mention). Previous winners included Amity Shlaes (then with the Financial Times), Robert Guest (The Economist), Sauvik Chakraverti (Economic Times, India), Brian Carney (then with the Wall Street Journal Europe), and British freelancer Stephen Pollard. Entries for the Bastiat Prize are judged on intellectual content, persuasiveness of language used, and type and location of publication. The Prize is open to all writers, anywhere in the world; writers need not be associated with any specific publication. The prize was developed to encourage and reward writers whose published works promote the institutions of a free society: limited government, rule of law brokered by an independent judiciary, protection of private property, free markets, free speech, and sound science.

The Bastiat Prize is sponsored by International Policy Network (IPN), which comprises two sister organisations: a charity based in London and a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization in the US. IPN aims to empower individuals and promote respect for people and property in order to eliminate poverty, improve human health and protect the environment. IPN promotes public awareness of the importance of this vision for all people.


September 15, 2005

2005 Bastiat Prize for Journalism - Finalists announced

International Policy Network announced the six finalists for the fourth international annual Bastiat Prize for Journalism. The Bastiat Prize celebrates writers whose work cleverly and wittily promotes on the institutions of free society – in honour of 19th Century French philosopher Frédéric Bastiat, who was a master of the genre.

“The calibre of the journalists who enter this now highly prestigious competition is staggering. We received over 180 submissions from 30 countries. With difficulty, we have whittled this down to 6. The final decision is now in the hands of our eminent judges – which include Nobel prize- winning economist Milton Friedman and Mystery of Capital author Hernando de Soto. We look forward to announcing this year’s winners at the Bastiat prize dinner on 25th October,” said IPN Executive Director, Julian Morris.

The 2005 finalists and where their articles where published are:

  • Mary Anastasia O’Grady – The Wall Street Journal, New York, USA
  • Allister Heath – The Business, London, UK
  • George Kerevan – The Scotsman, Edinburgh, UK
  • Deroy Murdock – The National Review Online, New York, USA
  • Dinakar Sethuraman – Forbes Global, New York, USA
  • Rakesh Wadhwa – The Himalayan Times, Kathmandu, Nepal

Three articles from each finalist have been sent to a panel of judges, who will determine the winners. The judges’ results will be revealed at the Bastiat prize dinner in New York on 25 October 2005. The prize includes a $10,000 USD award.

The Bastiat prize was first awarded in 2002 and judges have included Lady Thatcher and Nobel-Prize-winner James Buchanan. The international panel of judges is composed of economists, former winners, academics and business people, and includes Dr. Milton Friedman; Edward Crane, founder and president of the Cato Institute; Lord Kalms of Edgware, founder of the Dixons Group; Ruth Richardson, former Finance Minister of New Zealand, and Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto.

Last year’s winners were Robert Guest of The Economist (1st) and John Stossel of ABC News’s 20/20 (2nd). Previous winners included Amity Shlaes (Financial Times), Sauvik Chakraverti (Economic Times, India), Brian Carney (Wall Street Journal Europe), and British freelancer Stephen Pollard.

Entries for the Bastiat prize are judged by intellectual content of each article, the persuasiveness of the language used, the type of publication in which it appeared and the location of the author. The Prize is open to all writers, anywhere in the world; and the writers need not be associated with any specific publication. The prize was developed to encourage and reward writers whose published works promote the institutions of a free society: limited government, rule of law brokered by an independent judiciary, protection of private property, free markets, free speech, and sound science.

The Bastiat prize is sponsored by International Policy Network (IPN), which comprises two sister organisations: a charity based in London, and a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization in the US. IPN aims to empower individuals and promote respect for people and property in order to eliminate poverty, improve human health and protect the environment. IPN promotes public awareness of the importance of this vision for all people, both rich and poor.


August 27, 2004

2004 Bastiat Prize for Journalism - Finalists announced

LONDON—International Policy Network today announced the 2004 finalists for its prestigious Bastiat Prize for Journalism. The $10,000 Prize was inspired by the 19th Century French philosopher Frédéric Bastiat, who used satire and wit to explain complex economic and political issues.

The winners will be decided by a panel that includes Nobel Laureate economist Milton Friedman, Mystery of Capital author Hernando de Soto, former New Zealand Finance Minister the Honourable Ruth Richardson, and Dixons Group founder Lord Kalms of Edgware.

This year, the Bastiat Prize attracted over 150 entrants from more than 40 countries, including some of the top names in print journalism. Previous winners included Amity Shlaes of the Financial Times, Sauvik Chakraverti of the Economic Times (India), Brian Carney of the Wall Street Journal Europe, and British freelancer Stephen Pollard.

The winners will be announced at a Dinner in New York on 12th October.

The seven Finalists for the 2004 Bastiat Prize are:

  • Munir Attaullah, freelance writer and columnist for the Daily Times (Pakistan).
  • Ross Clark, freelance journalist and columnist for The Spectator (UK).
  • Michael Gove, Saturday Editor of The Times (UK).
  • Robert Guest, Africa Editor at The Economist (UK/global).
  • Tion Kwa, Editorial Page Editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review and regular contributor to the Asian Wall Street Journal (Hong Kong).
  • John Stossel, co-anchor of ABC News’s “20/20” (USA).
  • Rakesh Wadhwa, freelance writer and businessman and regular columnist in the Himalayan Times (Nepal) (honourable mention in the 2003 Frédéric Bastiat Prize).

September 25, 2003

2003 Bastiat Prize for Journalism - Finalists announced

WASHTINGTON, D.C.—This year's finalists for the Frederic Bastiat Prize for Journalism, the internationally recognized award for journalists whose published works promote the institutions of a free society, were named today: Brian Carney (Belgium), Editorial page writer, Wall Street Journal Europe Deroy Murdock (U.S.), Columnist, Scripps Howard News Service. Stephen Pollard (UK), Columnist and Senior Fellow, Centre for the New Europe; George Trefgarne (UK), Economics Editor, Daily Telegraph; Rakesh Wadhwa (Nepal), Columnist, Himalayan Times of Nepal; Leu Siew Ying (China) - Writer, South China Morning Post

Over 150 entrants from 31 countries applied for the prize this year. Judges include Nobel Laureates Milton Friedman and James Buchanan, Jr.; Hernando de Soto, economist and author of The Mystery of Capital; Robert L. Bartley, Editor Emeritus of the Wall Street Journal; Mats Johansson, Editor of the Swedish paper Svenska Dagbladet; and Edward H. Crane, President of the Cato Institute in Washington. The Frederic Bastiat Prize for Journalism is awarded by International Policy Network (IPN). On October 22nd, the winner(s) of the $10,000 prize money will be announced at a ceremony in New York City.



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