Chris Berg is a Senior Research Fellow at the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub, a Senior Fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs, and an Academic Fellow with the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance. Dr Berg is the author of five books including The Libertarian Alternative.
Dr Berg is one of Australia’s most prominent voices for free markets and individual liberty, and a leading authority on over-regulation, economic freedom and civil liberties.
The Cato Institute praised the “wit and grace” of his book Liberty, Equality & Democracy, and the Sydney Morning Herald described his The Libertarian Alternative as “spirited and sometimes wry”. His other books include In Defence of Freedom of Speech: from Ancient Greece to Andrew Bolt, Magna Carta: the tax revolt that gave us liberty and The Growth of Australia’s Regulatory State. He is also the editor of 100 Great Books of Liberty and The National Curriculum: A Critique.
Dr Berg was a long-standing editor of the IPA Review, Australia’s oldest political magazine, published by the Institute of Public Affairs. Under his editorship, the IPA Review won the 2008 Sir Anthony Fisher Memorial Award for best magazine. He has been a regular contributor to the IPA Review since 2004.
Dr Berg’s has been a regular columnist with the Sunday Age and ABC’s The Drum. In addition, his articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Australian, the Australian Financial Review, and the Sydney Morning Herald, as well as magazines such as Quadrant, Spectator Australia and Overland. He is a frequent media commentator on television and radio and appears regularly throughout the electronic press.
He holds a PhD in economics from RMIT University, which was awarded in 2016. His thesis was titled Safety and Soundness: An Economic History of Prudential Bank Regulation in Australia, 1893-2008, and offered the first comprehensive history of the politics and economics of prudential bank regulation in Australia. The thesis was awarded the RMIT Prize for Research Excellence in the Enterprise category.
He also holds a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the University of Melbourne. His undergraduate thesis was titled ‘The Biggest Giveaway in the History of the Nation’: A Legislative History of the 1962 Communications Satellite Act, and looked at the political economy of the creation of the United States Communications Satellite Corporation.