Jamie Whyte

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Jamie Whyte
Jamie Whyte on the day of the announcement of his selection as Leader by ACT
Jamie Whyte on the day of the announcement of his selection as Leader by ACT
Personal details
Political party Act New Zealand
Children 2
Alma mater University of Auckland, Cambridge University
Occupation Philosopher, management consultant
Website ACT Party profile

Jamie Whyte is the leader of ACT New Zealand, and became leader on 1 March 2014.[1] He is not a member of New Zealand’s parliament, but is running for parliament in the New Zealand general election, 2014, which will be held on the 20th of September, 2014.


Whyte has worked as a management consultant, as a foreign currency trader and as a philosophy lecturer at Cambridge University.[2] His philosophical publications in academic journals mainly concern the nature of truth and belief.[3] In 1991 he won the Analysis prize for the best article by a philosopher under the age of 30.[2]

Since 2004, Whyte has been writing for general audiences, and his books and articles typically attempt to expose shoddy reasoning, especially by politicians. His political philosophy is classical liberalism, in the tradition of Friedrich Hayek.[4] He is the author of Crimes Against Logic (McGraw Hill, Chicago, 2004), A Load of Blair (Corvo, London, 2005),[5] Free Thoughts (ASI, London, 2012) [6] and Quack Policy (IEA, London, 2013).[7] He has written many columns, mainly for The Times, City AM, Standpoint, The Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal.

In 2006 he won the Reason Foundation Bastiat Prize for journalism (jointly with Tim Harford of the Financial Times) and in 2010 he was runner up.[8] In June 2014, Whyte won the Institute of Economic Affairs Arthur Seldon Memorial Award for Excellence for his Quack Policy publication.[9]

Political involvement[edit]

On 2 February 2014, he beat former MP John Boscawen for the leadership of the ACT Party.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Whyte was born, raised and educated to BA level in Auckland, New Zealand. He then moved to the UK to study for an M.Phil and Ph.D at St John’s College, Cambridge University. Upon completion, he remained for three years as a research fellow at Corpus Christi College and a temporary lecturer in the Philosophy faculty. He then left academia and took up a job with the consultancy firm Oliver Wyman.[11]


  1. ^ Young, Audrey (3 February 2014). "Act leader set to play it straight". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Philosophy Now writes that "Whyte has published a number of papers and books on the subject of Truth, and is a one-time winner of Analysis journal’s prize for the best paper by a philosopher under the age of thirty." from Philosophy Now (link to article), accessed March 2014.
  3. ^ "New ACT leader Jamie Whyte interview with Wallace Chapman". 11 February 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Hayek vs Keynes at the LSE (Cobden Centre), accessed June 2014.
  5. ^ Crimes Against Logic from (Amazon), accessed June 2014.
  6. ^ Free Thoughts from (Amazon), accessed June 2014.
  7. ^ Quack Policy from (Amazon), accessed June 2014.
  8. ^ Previous Bastiat Prize Winners from (Reason Foundation), accessed June 2014.
  9. ^ Political party leader wins prestigious Seldon Award (Institute of Economic Affairs)], accessed June 2014.
  10. ^ Sabin, Brooke (2 February 2014). "ACT choices huge risk for party". 3 News. 
  11. ^ "Keynes v Hayek". London School of Economics. 8 August 2011. 

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