Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital, Enriched the World

What makes us better off? Deirdre McCloskey, Distinguished Professor of History, Economics, English, and Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will deliver a lecture that argues ideas, rather than capital, play a crucial role.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Fixing the Fight Against Corruption

As part of its 'Curbing Corruption' series, the Legatum Institute, together with Democracy Lab, will host a panel to discuss the major challenges facing the current global anti–corruption effort and what might be done—from a local perspective to wider international solutions.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

"The Legatum Institute is going from strength to strength"

The Rt. Hon. Theresa May, Secretary of State for the Home Department, was guest speaker at the Legatum Institute's 2015 Summer Party.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

The Urban Escalator

Why are some cities surrounded by slums and riddled with crime, while others are affluent, ordered and desirable places to live? The Legatum Institute will host a seminar that explores why cities that are within close proximity to each other are so different from each other.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Heritage as a National Asset

Sir Laurie Magnus, Chairman of Historic England, delivered a lecture explaining why we should rethink the management of our heritage, and approach it as we would any long-term asset.

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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 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

  • Brazil and the Bloodsuckers

    Wednesday, 26 August 2015

    Congratulations, corrupt mayor! Your number’s up, and the auditors are on their way. Anna Petherick is the author of the sixth case study in the Transitions Forum's 'Curbing...

  • The Little Anti-Corruption Agency That Could

    Thursday, 20 August 2015

    After humble beginnings in empty offices, Croatia’s anti-corruption body became a crusading national force. Gabriel Kuris is the author of the fifth case study in the Transitions...

  • Counter Propaganda: Cases from US Public Diplomacy and Beyond

    Friday, 24 July 2015

    Nicholas J. Cull is the author of the latest paper in the Legatum Institute's 'Beyond Propaganda' series. In Counter Propaganda, Cull examines the use of propaganda in American...

  • The Gecko's Bite

    Friday, 24 July 2015

    Indonesia’s anti-corruption commission has made great strides in combating graft. But now it risks becoming a victim of its own success. Rushda Majeed is the author of the fourth case...

  • Integrity Gets Great Ratings

    Thursday, 9 July 2015

    How Nepalese people harnessed the power of reality TV to strike a blow against corruption. Blair Glencorse and Suman Parajuli are the authors of the third case study in...

  • Calling in Against Corruption

    Wednesday, 1 July 2015

    A Pakistani official set out to prevent bureaucrats from demanding bribes for providing basic public services. The solution: citizen feedback...

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