The Athenian Policy Forum has, as its major objective, to promote independent objective analysis and to stimulate research and public discussion on issues and problems of economic adjustment to changing forces of demography, the environment, social and political transformation, technology and trade.

While the processes and implications of the changes now taking place may not, as yet, be fully understood, they point to the necessity of building a new consensus around policy reform within the framework of market-oriented economics. Accordingly, The Athenian Policy Forum intends to explore specific instruments and policies designed to incorporate all segments of society into the process of economic growth as fully as possible, and thus ensure that all can share in the fruits of prosperity.

In drawing on the ancient Greek and Athenian tradition of discussing important issues in public, The Athenian Policy Forum will focus on the challenges faced particularly by the small and the middle-size countries and will examine and debate issues and concerns that may have been overlooked by mainstream analysis oriented to the interests of the major players.

In pursuing its objectives internationally, The Athenian Policy Forum will organize conferences, symposia and seminars, and publish conference volumes with papers selected after a careful referee process. We also publish our Journal of Economic Asymmetries.

The Athenian Policy Forum was inaugurated in Toronto in 1994 and was accorded tax-exempt status in 1995 as a registered charity (no. 1040427-21) under the Income Tax Act.

Our constitution… is called a democracy because power is in the hands of not a minority but of the greatest number

Thucydides II, 37

We Athenians, in our own persons, take our decisions on policy or submit them to proper discussions: for we do not think that there is an incompatibility between words and deeds; the worst thing is to rush into action before the consequences have been properly debated

Thucydides II, 40

(Thucydides (460-400 B.C.) – Pericles’ Funeral Oration)

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