The John Stuart Mill Institute was founded in 1992 to stimulate debate on issues of public concern. Inspired by the philosopher, economist and social reformer, John Stuart Mill (1806-1873), the Institute stands for the freedom of the individual, supports responsible democratic participation and seeks to develop a coherent tradition of thought on political, economic and social issues relevant to the 21st century.
Working at the point where academic research, serious journalism and policy formulation meet, the Institute is independent of any political party. It seeks to apply the values of liberty and participation to present day problems and to suggest policy positions. Valuing society, yet putting the individual first, the Institute asserts the importance of a principled approach, both to the problems and opportunities in the United Kingdom and also internationally.
To further its aims the Institute holds lectures each year with the lecturer having the opportunity to publish their lecture via the Institutes imprint. In addition a number of publications are commissioned from academics on themes selected by the Institute. Copies of publications can be ordered via this website. E-books are available for some titles. Please see the Publications section for details.
The Institute has charitable status and is not linked to any political party.