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Sam Bowman

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Sam Bowman
BornSamuel Bowman
🏡 ResidenceLondon
🏳️ Nationality
🎓 Alma materUniversity College Cork
💼 Occupation

Samuel Bowman (/ˈbmən/) is a neoliberal political theorist and economist.

Life and career[edit]

Bowman holds a BA in History and Economics at University College Cork and a MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies.[1] He joined the Adam Smith Institute in 2010 working as Research Manager and Policy Director before being promoted to Deputy Director in 2014 and Executive Director in 2015.[2][3][4] He retired from the position of Executive Director in December 2017,[5] remaining a Senior Fellow of the think tank.[6]


Whilst Executive Director of the Adam Smith Institute, Bowman wrote an article reappropriating the term 'neoliberal'[7], a quotation from which formed the basis of one of the questions in the Politics paper of the 2017 All Souls' College Fellowship Examination:[8] 'A neoliberal is someone who believes that markets are astonishingly good at creating wealth, but not always good at distributing wealth.'

The Adam Smith Institute subsequently re-branded itself from 'libertarian' to 'neoliberal', with Bowman describing the think tank's policy as based on classical liberal ideas updated for the modern world.[9]


  1. "Debating Matters - People - Sam Bowman". debatingmatters.com.
  2. Bowman, Sam (14 October 2010). "Economic growth will deliver us from the pessimism of WWF predictions". The Daily Telegraph.
  3. "20 questions with… Sam Bowman - Blue and Green Tomorrow". blueandgreentomorrow.com. 18 July 2014.
  4. "Sam Bowman promoted to deputy director of the Adam Smith Institute". Libertarian Home. 26 November 2014.
  5. "Parting Thoughts". Adam Smith Institute.
  6. "Fellows and Senior Fellows". Adam Smith Institute.
  7. "I’m a neoliberal. Maybe you are too"
  8. "Fellowship Examination" (PDF). All Souls' College.
  9. "Coming out as Neoliberals". Adam Smith Institute.

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