The Constitution of Liberty

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The Constitution of Liberty
The Constitution of Liberty (Hayek book).jpg
First edition dust jacket
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]


  • 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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