“Unless we can make the philosophic foundations of a free society once more a living intellectual issue, and its implementation a task which challenges the ingenuity and imagination of our liveliest minds, the prospects of freedom are indeed dark. But if we can regain that belief in the power of ideas which was the mark of liberalism at its best, the battle is not lost . . .” – F.A. Hayek
2022 HAYEK BOOK PRIZE
The nomination period for the 2022 Hayek Book Prize is now closed. The Manhattan Institute's Hayek Prize honors the book published between January 1, 2020 and November 1, 2021 that best reflects F.A. Hayek's vision of economic and individual liberty. The winner of the Hayek Prize is given a $50,000 cash award and asked to deliver our annual Hayek Lecture next year.
2021 HAYEK BOOK PRIZE
The Manhattan Institute is pleased to announce that Thomas Sowell has won the 17th annual Hayek Book Prize for his book Charter Schools and Their Enemies (Basic Books). MI will celebrate the Hayek Book Prize with a tribute to Professor Sowell at an event in Florida later this month.
Sowell’s book was among four other finalists announced in February:
- Open: The Story of Human Progress by Johan Norberg (Atlantic Books, November 15, 2020)
- The Conservative Sensibility by George Will (Hachette Books, June 4, 2019)
- Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography by Charles Moore (Allen Lane, published in three volumes between 2015 and 2019)
- Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas that Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries by Safi Bahcall (St. Martin’s Press, March 19, 2019)
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Political philosopher and Nobel laureate F. A. Hayek, author of groundbreaking works such as The Road to Serfdom and The Constitution of Liberty, was the key figure in the twentieth century revival of classical liberalism. He was also a formative influence on the Manhattan Institute. When our founder, Sir Antony Fisher, asked how best to reverse the erosion of freedom, Hayek advised him not to begin with politics per se but to fight first on the battlefield of ideas. Our Hayek Lecture and Prize affirm and celebrate this mission.
The Hayek Lecture is delivered by the recipient of the Hayek Prize, which honors the book published within the past two years that best reflects Hayek’s vision of economic and individual liberty. The Hayek Prize, with its $50,000 award, is among the world’s most generous book prizes. It was conceived and funded by Manhattan Institute trustee Tom Smith to recognize the influence of F.A. Hayek and to encourage other scholars to follow his example. The winner of the Hayek Prize is chosen from among the nominations by a selection committee of distinguished economists, journalists, and scholars. Past winners include: William Easterly for The White Man's Burden, Amity Shlaes for The Forgotten Man, Benn Steil and Manuel Hinds for Money, Markets & Sovereignty, Matt Ridley for The Rational Optimist, John Taylor for First Principles, Casey Mulligan for The Redistribution Recession, James Grant for The Forgotten Depression, and, in 2016, Philip Hamburger for Is Administrative Law Unlawful?