The Constitution of Liberty

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The Constitution of Liberty
The Constitution of Liberty (Hayek book).jpg
Author Friedrich Hayek
Country United States
Language English
Subject Politics, Economics
Publisher University of Chicago Press (US)
Publication date
Pages 576
ISBN 0-226-32084-7

The Constitution of Liberty is a book by Austrian economist and Nobel Prize recipient Friedrich A. Hayek. The book was first published in 1960 by the University of Chicago Press and it is an interpretation of civilization as being made possible by the fundamental principles of liberty, which the author presents as prerequisites for wealth and growth, rather than the other way around.

The Constitution of Liberty has notably been held up at a British Conservative Party policy meeting and banged on the table by Margaret Thatcher, who reportedly interrupted a presentation to indicate, in reference to the book, that "This is what we believe".[1]

The Constitution of Liberty was placed 9th on the list of the 100 best non-fiction books of the twentieth century compiled by the biweekly conservative magazine National Review.[2]

Table of Contents[edit]

  • Part I – The Value of Freedom
    • Ch 1 – Liberty and Liberties
    • Ch 2 – The Creative Powers of a Free Civilization
    • Ch 3 – The Common Sense of Progress
    • Ch 4 – Freedom, Reason, and Tradition
    • Ch 5 – Responsibility and Freedom
    • Ch 6 – Equality, Value, and Merit
    • Ch 7 – Majority Rule
    • Ch 8 – Employment and Independence
  • Part II – Freedom and the Law
    • Ch 9 – Coercion and the State
    • Ch 10 – Law, Commands, and Order
    • Ch 11 – The Origins of the Rule of Law
    • Ch 12 – The American Contribution: Constitutionalism
    • Ch 13 – Liberalism and Administration: The Rechtsstaat
    • Ch 14 – The Safeguards of Individual Liberty
    • Ch 15 – Economic Policy and the Rule of Law
    • Ch 16 – The Decline of the Law
  • Part III – Freedom in the Welfare State
    • Ch 17 – The Decline of Socialism and the Rise of the Welfare State
    • Ch 18 – Labor Unions and Employment
    • Ch 19 – Social Security
    • Ch 20 – Taxation and Redistribution
    • Ch 21 – The Monetary Framework
    • Ch 22 – Housing and Town Planning
    • Ch 23 – Agriculture and Natural Resources
    • Ch 24 – Education and Research
  • Postscript
    • Why I am Not a Conservative


  • 1960. The Constitution of Liberty, University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0226320847
  • 2011. The Constitution of Liberty: The Definitive Edition, Ronald Hamowy, ed., v. 17, The Collected Works of F A. Hayek. University of Chicago Press.


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