Bruno Leoni Institute

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Bruno Leoni Institute
IBL think-tank logo.png
Motto "Ideas for the free market"
Type Think-Tank
Purpose Ordoliberalism, Austrian School, Classical Liberalism

Piazza Cavour 3, Turin

Piazza Castello 23, Milan
Franco Debenedetti
Director General
Alberto Mingardi
Key people
Carlo Lottieri, Nicola Rossi, Antonio Martino, Sergio Ricossa
Affiliations Cooler Heads Coalition, Atlas Network, EPICENTER

The Bruno Leoni Institute, named after philosopher and scholar Bruno Leoni, is an Italian libertarian think-tank promoting classical liberal ideas in Italy and in Europe.


IBL was founded in 2003 by three Italian libertarian scolars: Carlo Lottieri, Alberto Mingardi and Carlo Stagnaro.[citation needed] Based in Turin and Milan, it organizes conferences and seminars in many Italian cities, publishes books, briefing and academic papers and assists students at undergraduate and graduate levels with their research work.[citation needed]

IBL states that its aim is to:

"contribute to the Italian political discourse, to enable a proper appreciation of the role of liberty and private enterprise as pillars of a more prosperous and open society. It is structured on the model of the think tanks in the English-speaking world: non-profit research centers, with no political affiliations, aiming to offer a fruitful contribution to the political debate".[1]

The policy ideas promoted by IBL aim to "create a greater 'breathing space' for civil society and empower individuals, giving more resources back to businesses, and freeing competition and exchanges, to the benefit of the general welfare and increasing the wealth of society and its members".[1] IBL defines its philosophy, stating that it:

…is given different names, such as “liberal”, “libertarian”, or “market-oriented”. The inspiration of the institute comes from Bruno Leoni, a great philosopher of law whose works and thought IBL spreads throughout Italy and abroad. IBL has dedicated the site “Rediscovering Bruno Leoni” to the figure of Bruno Leoni. In the world of real politics, we fight for solutions which offer breathing space to civil society, and which give resources back to the economy, while liberalizing competition and trade to the end of greater wellbeing and wealth for all.[1]

IBL is part of a broader international network of research centers informed by the same free-market approach: it joins the efforts of the Atlas Network and is a founding member of EPICENTER.[2]

Several EPICENTER partners such as the Institute of Economic Affairs[3] and the Lithuanian Free Market Institute[4] are funded by the Tobacco Industry and the IBL is identified as a "Partner" on the website of the transnational tobacco company British American Tobacco Italy. [5]

Annual Index of Liberalizations[edit]

IBL publishes an annual index of what it considers the most remarkable liberalizations that have occurred through the EU member states during the previous year, ranking countries on the degree of their market openness, and offering an analysis of 10 sectors of the EU economy.[citation needed][6] The annual index is cited by the media and academicians, as a source of information for policymaking and research.[citation needed][7][8][9][10]

Bruno Leoni Lecture[edit]

IBL organizes since 2008 a yearly “Discorso Bruno Leoni” (Bruno Leoni Lecture). The Discorso is among the flagship events of Istituto Bruno Leoni, as it strives to bring the Italian public up to date to the most relevant international debates. The Discorso Bruno Leoni is structured as an in-depth lecture by a distinguished scholar or author, in which a seminal optic is investigated from a free-market, individual liberty perspective.[11]

Over time speakers have included:

Bruno Leoni Award[edit]

Since 2008, every year the Bruno Leoni Institute attributes a "Bruno Leoni Award" dedicated to the thinker whose teachings the Institute refers to, and awarded to distinguished personalities. The award is intended to eminent figures who, through a recently published book, or with the work of a lifetime, have helped to advance the ideas of individual freedom, free market and free competition.[12]

Through time, it has been awarded to:

Main publications[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Istituto Bruno Leoni: la nostra storia". 
  2. ^ "About - EPICENTER". 
  3. ^ "BAT letter to ASH" (PDF). 
  4. ^ "Lithuanian Free Market Institute - Think tank network initiative". Retrieved 2017-04-07. 
  5. ^ Italia, British American Tobacco. "British American Tobacco Italia - Partners". (in Italian). Retrieved 2017-04-07. 
  6. ^ In 2015, the sectors analyzed were: Fuel, Gas and Electricity, Labour, Postal Services, Telecommunications, Television, Air Transport, Railways, and Insurance.[citation needed]
  7. ^ "L'Italia delle liberalizzazioni mancate". 
  8. ^ "Mercato, l'Italia si apre (poco) E anche la Spagna ci sorpassa".  line feed character in |title= at position 35 (help)
  9. ^ "Is the European Union a Friend or Foe of Economic Freedom?". 20 January 2016. 
  10. ^ Stagnaro, Carlo (2010-07-28). "How to Fix Italy's Stagnant Economy". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 27 November 2016. [Subtitle/teaser:] Rome's public enemy No. 1 is red tape. 
  11. ^ "Eventi: Premio Bruno Leoni". 
  12. ^ "Eventi: Discorso Bruno Leoni".