“Dismantling the State” is a comprehensive review of the widespread replacement of public-sector activities by private-sector alternatives that has been happening remorselessly in Britain since Mrs Thatcher was elected in 1979. But it does not merely list the countless examples of where private services – with their associated benefits of consumer choice and the stimulus of competition – have triumphed over the philosophy of public ownership. It draws them together into a coherent analytical framework which helps us to identify and to understand the strategy and tactics of the Thatcher privatization program.
Dr Madsen Pirie is President of the Adam Smith Institute, and was one of three Scots graduates working in the US who founded the Institute in 1977. Prior to that, Dr Pirie worked for the House of Representatives in Washington DC, and was Distinguished Visiting Professor of Logic and Philosophy at Hillsdale College in Michigan.
At the Institute, Dr Pirie was part of the influential team which pioneered privatization and the extension of market choices and incentives. His work in helping to develop the Citizen's Charter led to his appointment to the Prime Minister's Advisory Panel from 1991-95.
A graduate of the universities of Edinburgh, St Andrews and Cambridge, Dr Pirie is author of several books including The Book of the Fallacy, Micropolitics, Privatization in Theory and Practice and Blueprint for a Revolution. With his colleague Dr Eamonn Butler, he has co- authored a series of books on IQ, including The Sherlock Holmes IQBook.