Alberto Mingardi is Director General of Istituto Bruno Leoni, Italy’s free-market think tank ( which he helped to establish in 2004. He has specialized in the study of antitrust and of healthcare systems. He also studies the history of political thought and is now writing a monograph on English libertarian Thomas Hodgskin after having written mainly on Herbert Spencer and Antonio Rosmini.

He authored or edited several books, including Herbert Spencer (New York & London: Continuum, 2011), Eppur si muove: Come cambia la sanità in Europa, tra pubblico e privato [And yet it moves: how Europe healthcare is changing, in between government and the private sector] (Torino: IBL Libri, editor w/Gabriele Pelissero, 2010) and translated into English, Antonio Rosmini, The Constitution Under Social Justice (Lexington Books, 2003).

His commentaries have appeared in major Italian newspapers, and he frequently appears on Italian radio and tv. Internationally, his opinion pieces have also been published by the The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the Financial Times.

He holds a PhD in Political Science from University of Pavia.

More from Alberto Mingardi


Europe’s Problem Is Not Populism

Politico. January 4, 2017.

Renzi’s Messy Metamorphosis

Politico. February 15, 2016.

Austerity by Any Other Name

Library of Law and Liberty. December 23, 2015.

Cato Reviews & Journals


Bruno Leoni at 101

May 6, 2014. Policy Forum.

Bruno Leoni at 100

December 10, 2013. Policy Forum.