Hannes Gissurarsen

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Professor Hannes Gissurarson

Dr. Hannes Hólmsteinn Gissurarson, is professor of Political Science at the University of Iceland. He was born in Reykjavik, February 19th, 1953.


  • B. A. in History and Philosophy, University of Iceland
  • Cand. mag. [M. A.] in History, University of Iceland
  • D. Phil. [Ph. D.] in Politics, Oxford University


  • Director of the Jon Thorlaksson Institute, 1983-
  • Editor of Frelsid [Liberty], 1980-1985
  • Assistant Professor in History, University of Iceland, 1986
  • Assistant Professor in Politics, 1988-1991
  • Associate Professor in Politics, 1991-1996
  • Professor in Politics, 1996-
  • Editor of Efst a Baugi [Current Affairs], 1993-1994
  • One of two editors of and participants in a weekly television debating programme (similar to Target on Sky Channel and Crossfire on CNN), 1994-1996
  • Board Member, the research project Norden og Europa (The Nordic Countries and Europe), financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers, 1997-2001
  • Board Member, The Nordic Institute for Asian Studies, Copenhagen, 1998-
  • Member, Board of Directors, The Mont Pelerin Society, 1998-
  • Editor of Madur er nefndur, a weekly television programme, 2000-
  • Member of the Board, The Central Bank of Iceland, 2001-


  • Hayek's Conservative Liberalism [doctoral thesis], New York 1987 (in English)
  • Markadsoefl og midstyring [Market Forces and Central Planning], Reykjavik 1988 (in Icelandic)
  • Sjalfstaedisflokkurinn i sextiu ar [The Independence Party for Sixty Years], Reykjavik 1989 (in Icelandic)
  • Fjolmidlar nutimans [The Media in Modern Society], Reykjavik 1989 (in Icelandic)
  • Fiskistofnarnir vid island [The Fish Stocks Around Iceland], Reykjavik 1990 (in Icelandic)
  • Island. Arvet fran Thingvellir [Iceland. The Old Heritage], Stockholm 1990 (in Swedish)
  • Frjalshyggjan er mannudarstefna [Libertarianism is Humanitarianism, a collection of essays], Reykjavik 1992 (partly in Icelandic, partly in English)
  • Jon Thorlaksson forsaetisradherra [Jon Thorlaksson Prime Minister, a biography], Reykjavik 1992 (in Icelandic)
  • Hvar a madurinn heima? Fimm kaflar i soegu stjornmalakenninga [Where does Man Belong? Five Chapters in the History of Political Theory], Reykjavik 1994 (in Icelandic)
  • Sagnabrunnur Islendinga [The Literary Wealth of the Icelanders, a collection of quotations from the Icelandic Sagas], Reykjavik 1994 (in Icelandic)
  • Islenskar tilvitnanir [Dictionary of Icelandic Quotations, 528 pp.], Reykjavik 1995 (in Icelandic)
  • Ordfimi [Eloquent Words for Entrepreneurs, 44 pp.], Reykjavik 1995 (in Icelandic)
  • Benjamin Eiriksson i stormum sinnar tidar. [Benjamin Eiriksson, a biography], Reykjavik 1996 (in Icelandic)
  • Hadegisverdurinn er aldrei okeypis. [There is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch; Chapters in Political Economy, 448 pp.], Reykjavik 1997 (in Icelandic)
  • Stjornmalaheimspeki. [Political Philosophy, 284 pp.], Reykjavik 1999 (in Icelandic)
  • Individual Transferable Quotas in Theory and Practice. Reykjavik 1999 (in English)
  • Overfishing. The Icelandic Solution. London 2000 (in English)
  • Fiskar undir steini. [Twists in the Tales. Essays in Political Philosophy, 210 pp.], Reykjavik 2001 (in Icelandic)
  • Tax Competition. An Opportunity for Iceland? Reykjavik 2001 (in English)

Other publications and works

Several articles and essays, in English and Icelandic, in the Wall Street Journal, in Icelandic newspapers, journals, and books, etc., on Plato, Machiavelli, Locke, journalism, property rights, theories of justice, etc. Also several translations, including some from books and papers by Friedrich von Hayek and Milton Friedman. Several television documentaries (on privatisation, on private versus public schools, on constitutional reform, on political and intellectual leaders in Iceland, and on Iceland in the 20th Century).


Contact information

Dept. of Social Sciences
University of Iceland
IS-101 Reykjavik

Office phone: (354) 525 4526
Fax: (354) 552 6806
Mobile: (354) 898 0301
Home: (354) 562 0224
Email: hannesgi AT hi.is
Web: http://www.hi.is

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