Thursday, 23 April 2015

An Introduction to the History of Capitalism 600-1900 AD

The Legatum Institute is pleased to publish a collection of essays based on the first year of its 'History of Capitalism' course. With an introduction by Hywel Williams, Senior Adviser, the lectures in this publication outline the chief features of a movement of endeavour and thought that has transformed the human condition.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Libya: Whose Land Is It?

The Legatum Institute hosted a panel discussion to launch a new Transitions Forum paper that examines Libyan politics and economics.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

What is the Future of Russia's Opposition?

Leonid Volkov, member of Russia's Central Council of the Party of Progress, gave an insider's perspective on the future of the Russian Opposition within the context of today’s challenges and in the lead up to the 2016 Parliamentary elections. 

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

The Age of Plunder: How We Traded Africa

As part of the Legatum Institute's History of Capitalism series, Bronwen Everill, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, King's College London, will discuss Atlantic commercial enterprise and the Royal African Company.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

How To Be Modern, the Dutch Way

The latest History of Capitalism event hosted Maarten Prak, Chair of Economic and Social History at the University of Utrecht (Netherlands), for a lecture on why the Dutch Republic flourished in the 17th century.

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Sian Hansen, Executive Director

Who We Are

Sian Hansen, Executive Director

The Legatum Institute is an international think tank and educational charity focused on promoting prosperity. We do this by researching our core themes of revitalising capitalism and democracy

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Nathan Gamester, Programme Director

Prosperity Index

Nathan Gamester, Programme Director

The Legatum Institute's signature annual publication is the Prosperity Index, a unique global assessment of national prosperity based on both wealth and wellbeing

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Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum

Transitions Forum

Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum

A series of projects, led by Anne Applebaum and Peter Pomerantsev, dedicated to the study of radical political and economic change

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Tim Montgomerie, Senior Fellow

Vision of Capitalism

Tim Montgomerie, Senior Fellow

This programme will deliver an agenda to Britain's next government for restoring faith in the free market. It will convene leaders of the Anglosphere, whose shared heritage of common law and parliamentary...

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Hywel Williams, Senior Adviser

The Culture of Prosperity

Hywel Williams, Senior Adviser

Examining the historic and cultural roots of prosperity to better understand the role of culture in our lives today

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Our Latest Reports

  • Building Coalitions for Reform in Brazil

    Thursday, 26 February 2015

    In the latest 'Transitions Lecture Series' paper, author Marcus Melo, Professor of Political Science, Federal University of Pernambuc, examines how reform was pursued in...

  • Why Do Societies Prosper? 2014 Charles Street Symposium Essays

    Friday, 5 December 2014

    As part of the 2014 Charles Street Symposium, an annual forum for the world’s leading young researchers, participants submitted a collection of essays addressing the question of 'Why do societies...

  • Let There Be Speech: Reforming the Media in Rwanda

    Monday, 17 November 2014

    The Legatum Institute’s Transitions Forum is pleased to publish 'Let There Be Speech: Reforming the Media in Rwanda', a case study that explores some of the media reforms made by Rwanda’s...

  • Myanmar’s Transition: Economics or Politics? Which Came First and Why it Matters

    Wednesday, 12 November 2014

    What led to Myanmar’s remarkable transition? In this latest Transitions Forum paper, Gwen Robinson, former Financial Times Asia correspondent, looks at the economic and...

  • The Future of the Union

    Monday, 10 November 2014

    In the wake of the Scottish referendum on 18 September 2014, which saw a small but decisive majority vote to stay in the Union, the Prime Minister asked Lord Smith of Kelvin to chair a commission on the...

  • 2014 Africa Prosperity Report

    Friday, 7 November 2014

    The 2014 Africa Prosperity Report ranks 38 countries in terms of prosperity—defined as wealth and wellbeing. The report measures GDP and eight sub-indices such as education, health, and personal freedom.

Prosperity videos

What Does Prosperity Mean to You?

In the lead up to the launch of the 2014 Legatum Prosperity Index™, we asked some well-known (and some less well-known) faces to come up with a definition of prosperity in less than 2 minutes