Chris Berg

Adjunct Fellow

Chris Berg was a fellow and policy director with the Institute of Public Affairs between 2004 and 2017. He was an adjunct fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs between 2017 and 2020.
Visit his website at chrisberg.org

The End of History in Australian Universities
1 August 2015

The End of History in Australian Universities

 We are constantly looking for our origins, in the hope they will hint at our future. It should be a concern that few Australian universities offer British history to undergraduates, writes Chris Berg    Every country has national myths and legends—vague memories of the past that add up to a sense of national identity. For Australia think Gallipoli, the union
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In the Beginning…
1 August 2015

In the Beginning…

Why the Magna Carta? The question of what is special about the Magna Carta goes to the heart of any discussion about the enduring significance of what happened at Runnymede in June 1215. The Magna Carta was not unique in European history. In the Middle Ages it was quite common for monarchs to issue charters not very different from the
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17 July 2015

The End Of History…

Undergraduate history degrees in Australia fail to teach fundamental aspects of Australia’s history and how Australian liberal democracy came to be. Instead, they offer a range of disconnected subjects on narrow themes and issues—focusing on imperialism, popular culture, film studies, and ethnic/race history. This report contains the results of a systematic review of the 739 history subjects offered across 34
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Magna Carta – The Tax Revolt That Gave Us Liberty
15 June 2015

Magna Carta – The Tax Revolt That Gave Us Liberty

‘Our liberty, democracy, and human rights are all in some way related to what was inscribed on parchment at Runnymede in June 1215’ The Magna Carta is a founding document of individual liberty, rule of law, and parliamentary democracy.  In this accessible and engaging book, Chris Berg and John Roskam explain what the Magna Carta is, where it came from,
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Book Review: Adam Smith can Change Your Life
10 May 2015

Book Review: Adam Smith can Change Your Life

Adam Smith is a deeply underrated thinker. This might seem like a strange thing to say about the author of the Wealth of Nations, which is often described as free market capitalism’s foundational text. Adam Smith Clubs around the world sell ties with Smith’s face printed on them. Smith’s fame came during his lifetime. In How Adam Smith Can Change
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The Battle of Ideas
1 February 2015

The Battle of Ideas

In 1948 a correspondent self-described as ‘a common worker’, wrote to the IPA Review: For God’s sake do not waste any more good ink and paper writing about Incentives, Profit-sharing, Amenities, Co-operation, Price Control, Inflation and Deflation… This common worker implored the IPA’s Editorial Committee. …These subjects are only baits and scares for ignorant workers. Jargon such as this does
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The Sharing Economy – How Over-Regulation Could Destroy An Economic Revolution
10 December 2014

The Sharing Economy – How Over-Regulation Could Destroy An Economic Revolution

The sharing economy describes a rise of new business models (‘platforms’) that uproot traditional markets, break down industry categories, and maximise the use of scarce resources. The best known services are the ridesharing system Uber and the accommodation service Airbnb. However, the sharing economy extends much further into finance, home tools, investment, and everyday tasks. The ‘sharing economy’ emerged from
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Education Matters
26 November 2014

Education Matters

This article from the November 2014 edition of the IPA Review is by Policy Director at the IPA, Chris Berg. The recent release of the review of the National Curriculum in October was a watershed moment in the debate over education in Australia. Their document is a devastating, if low-key, critique of the entire national curriculum project. Donnelly and Wiltshire have
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The Corporate Tax Canard?
4 November 2014

The Corporate Tax Canard?

This article from the November 2014 edition of the IPA Review is by Policy Director at the IPA, Chris Berg, and Senior Fellow at the IPA and Professor of Institutional Economics at RMIT University, Sinclair Davidson. Earlier this year Joe Hockey announced that the upcoming G20 meeting, being hosted in Brisbane in November, has a target of an extra two per
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The Repeal Of The Carbon Tax
16 July 2014

The Repeal Of The Carbon Tax

This article from the July 2014 edition of the IPA Review is by editor and Policy Director at the IPA, Chris Berg. ‘What a complete and catastrophic failure of the political system’, wrote the Guardian’s Lenore Taylor a few hours after the carbon tax repeal bill finally passed the Australian Senate. ‘As eight years’ work by thousands of people disappears
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