The Coppet Institute (Institut Coppet) is an association, which aims to disseminate books, excerpts or articles on the French classical liberal tradition in political economy.
History of the Institut Coppet
The “Groupe de Coppet”, led by Madame de Stael and Benjamin Constant was at the dawn of the nineteenth century, the first European think-tank dedicated to the study of freedom in all its forms. Its work focused on the problems of establishing a limited constitutional government, the issue of free trade, imperialism and French colonialism, the history of the French Revolution and Napoleon, on free speech, education, culture, the rise of socialism and the welfare state.
The free market has often been wrongly conceived of as a mainly Anglo-Saxon phenomenon This philosophy of freedom has ancient roots, but it has undergone in France a particularly original development. Unlike the English, the French derive freedom from natural rights rather than utilitarianism. They defend free trade in the form of laissez-faire capitalism. They were primary opponents of collectivist, interventionist and protectionist ideas. Historically, the French School prefigures the modern Austrian School.
French excellence in political economy
The thesis of the french economists of the nineteenth century (Bastiat, Molinari, Guyot, etc.) is that socialism and state interventionnism disregard the law. But it was the french economists of the 18th century (Boisguilbert, Quesnay, Turgot) and the Ideologues (Condillac, Say, Destutt de Tracy, Constant) who laid the foundations of this philosophy, and who became a source of inspiration for Hume, Smith, and Jefferson; and then for Menger, Mises, and Hayek.
The Coppet Institute, two centuries after the illustrious “Groupe de Coppet”, wants to help raise awareness about those great precursors. This work of archeology and dissemination includes the use of translated studies or articles in the American institutes and think-tanks where the French intellectual tradition continues to live and grow. Through the Austrian School in particular, many studies have focused, in the last 40 years, on Turgot, Condillac, Destutt de Tracy, Say, Constant, Bastiat and Molinari.
The Coppet Institute needs your help to expand its publications. Support Coppet Institute in the mission of rehabilitation of a forgotten heritage: the French classical liberal tradition. The Institute is a non-political, non-profit, educational organization and accepts no taxpayer money. It is supported solely by contributions from private individuals, foundations, and business.
Benoît Malbranque, president of the Coppet Institute : firstname.lastname@example.org ; phone : +33 (0)6 89 17 44 84
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