The Independent Review is the acclaimed interdisciplinary journal devoted to the study of political economy and the critical analysis of government policy. The Independent Review is thoroughly researched, peer-reviewed, and based on scholarship of the highest caliber. However, unlike so many other journals, it is also provocative, lucid, and written in an engaging style. Ranging across the fields of economics, political science, law, history, philosophy, and sociology, The Independent Review boldly challenges the politicization and bureaucratization of our world, featuring in-depth examinations of past, present, and future policy issues by some of the world's leading scholars and experts.

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Recent Featured Articles


Regime Uncertainty and the Great Recession
Wolf von Laer, Adam Martin

Uncertainty triggered by government policy may have played a large role in the U.S. economy’s slow recovery from the Great Recession. Whether or not it is the leading cause of the sluggishness, regime uncertainty is a powerful idea that adds nuance to the theory of market process.


The Economic Future: An Introduction
Robert M. Whaples

The Independent Review’s Winter 2016 symposium—the basis for the forthcoming Independent Institute book Future: Economic Peril or Prosperity?—ponders the state of the economy fifty years from now. While our authors are largely optimistic, pointing to vast potential economic gains from new technologies and innovations, they also warn that government debt, regulation, and social problems could obstruct the arrival of a prosperous future.


Causes and Consequences of the Climate Science Boom
William N. Butos, Thomas J. McQuade

Like an economy, fields of scientific research undergo periods of boom and bust. The boom in climate science is driven by a confluence of factors: scientific uncertainty, political opportunism, ideological predispositions, a sustained push from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and massive funding from various government entities.


Introduction: Symposium on Anthony de Jasay
G. Patrick Lynch

Anthony de Jasay may not be well known, but there are good reasons why some call him one of the few genuinely original minds in modern political philosophy. In scores of articles and books, he has shed light on age-old questions about liberty, justice, and the state by drawing on public choice, game theory, classic texts, and a relentless skepticism about standard assumptions.