Robert L. Bradley Jr. is an adjunct scholar of the Cato Institute and of the Competitive Enterprise Institute; a visiting fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs in London; and a senior research fellow of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He is the founder and chief executive officer of the Institute for Energy Research, a 501(c) 3 educational foundation with offices in Washington, D.C. and Houston. Bradley’s public-policy approach combines an understanding of the historical record with market-process economics and libertarian social theory.

Bradley is author, most recently, of Enron Ascending: The Forgotten Years, 1984–1996, the first classical-liberal treatise of a business firm in market and political action. The third book of his tetralogy on political capitalism, Enron Ascending follows Edison to Enron: Energy Markets and Political Strategies, and Capitalism at Work: Business, Government, and Energy, which applies the capitalist worldview to corporate and energy controversies. Bradley’s primer, Energy: The Master Resource, is the inspiration for the free-market energy blog,

Bradley, who holds a BA and MA in economics and a PhD in political economy, received the Julian L. Simon Memorial award in 2002 for his work on free market approaches to energy sustainability.

More from Robert L. Bradley Jr.

Cato Studies

The Increasing Sustainability of Conventional Energy

Policy Analysis No. 341. April 22, 1999.

Renewable Energy: Not Cheap, Not “Green”

Policy Analysis No. 280. August 27, 1997.

What Now for U.S. Energy Policy? A Free-Market Perspective

Policy Analysis No. 145. January 29, 1991.

Cato Reviews & Journals

On the Origins of the Sherman Antitrust Act

Cato Journal. Winter 1990.


Enron Ascending: The Forgotten Years (1984–1996)

September 20, 2018. Book Forum.

Trump’s Energy Policy: Promise or Peril?

February 22, 2017. Policy Forum.