Good order is the foundation of all good things
— Edmund Burke

The Edmund Burke Institute is a non-profit, nonpartisan, educational organisation with charitable status founded in 1988 with the help of Sir Anthony Fisher, which advances the values and economic arrangements which sustain a free society. The name was chosen at the suggestion of the Nobel prize winner F. A. von Hayek

The central mission of the EBI is educational. The institute is apolitical and non partisan but not impartial. The guiding principle is that only free and transparent markets, and the cultural and institutional norms that allow them to function, can give the true price of any good or service.

Our motto - Good order is the foundation of all good things - highlights our belief that it is the basic principles and virtues of a culture, those things that russell kirk called the permanent things, that decide if it a just or unjust society, and that it is the duty of society to ensure that good order survives so that those yet unborn may benefit from it in time.

The Institute receives no money from the state nor does it look for support from political parties. The Edmund Burke Institute does not play any part in elections.

At The Edmund Burke Institute we welcome independent thought. We are firmly convinced that the principled case for freedom of choice and enterprise need to be made more clearly in Ireland.

We favour the liberalisation of markets and privatisation.

We believe that the decisions which mould life in Ireland, about

  • education,

  • health care

  • culture

  • charity

  • investment,

should as a rule be taken by individuals who have a closer knowledge of their circumstances than by government, however well intentioned.

We believe that Ireland needs an institution which advances a wide ranging debate about the values that predominate in our society and about the role of the state in our life.

In fulfilling this role The Edmund Burke Institute takes its vocation as educational charity seriously and adheres to academic honesty and objective analysis. We also welcome contributions from all academic disciplines, such as economics, philosophy, history and sociology as they all can play an important part in advancing The Institute’s objectives.

While The Institute unashamedly promotes the value of the market as an economic mechanism it does not intend to suggest that the case for the market is simply that it is more efficient than the alternatives.

We will be arguing that the market is not only the most humane way of organizing economic activity, but that it also offers the only way of ensuring the continued freedom of our citizens.

Nevertheless, we believe that the state has a critical and unique role. Only the state can uphold the rule of law: only the law can uphold the rights of the citizens. The state will have a responsibility to provide a welfare safety net for those unable to provide for themselves. There is nothing in either our analysis or in our general approach which conflicts with the idea that the state has a role in these areas. But we note that such provision can only properly be made against a background of prosperity, and this can only be achieved through free markets and a competitive level of taxation.