A landmark study of public opinion in the UK post the General Election has found that there is widespread support for Labour’s nationalisation agenda and much less support for free enterprise.
Public opinion in the post-Brexit era—written by our Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott and co-authored with Populus’ James Kanagasooriam—paints an unvarnished picture of what the public think about enterprise, regulation, big business, banks, nationalisation, capitalism and socialism, suggesting that support for capitalism is in crisis. It suggests that economic attitudes in the country are further to the left than is widely appreciated, posing a challenge for those who have seen at first hand the power of competition, entrepreneurship and free trade to drive prosperity.
This report is the beginning of a new phase of work at the Legatum Institute. Having published reports on the Dutch, French and German elections this year, looking at right-wing populists such as Geert Wilders, Marine Le Pen and the Alternative für Deutschland, Matthew Elliott will now be looking more closely at left-wing populists. This research will not just cover Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, but also Bernie Sanders in the US, the GreenLeft in the Netherlands, Jean-Luc Mélenchon in France and The Left in Germany. Having witnessed the growing popularity of populist ideas, we intend to explore the reasons for these attitudes and identify what can be done—by opinion-formers, politicians and the public —to explain the case for free enterprise more effectively.
Read the paper here.
More Good Homes: The urgent national mission for the UK
Tuesday, 3 October 2017
The Country We Want To Be, led by Danny Kruger, is a new programme which will cast a vision for the UK after 2019, looking forward to the opportunities and threats we face as Britain leaves the EU and forces a new path in the world.
The More Good Homes project is part of this programme. Our Introductory Note on housing policy informed a seminar we held at Conservative Party Conference with Secretary of State for Communities and Housing, Sajid Javid. Following this and through an open and consultative process we will publish a position paper in the autumn of 2017 and then a policy paper in 2018.
Read the note here.
A brief guide to the German election: Merkel's coalition crossroads
Friday, 15 September 2017
In this report, published on the eve of the Bundestag election, we try to answer another relevant question: why has populism failed to take off in Germany? The extreme forces on both sides of the political spectrum have remained at the fringe, despite Germany facing the same forces of global change as its neighbours. We explore to what extent this is down to Angela Merkel’s leadership or historical and economic reasons.
Read the guide here.
Mutual Interest: How the UK and EU can resolve the Irish border issue after Brexit
Monday, 11 September 2017
Legatum Institute's Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies and chair of our Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham along with authors Austen Morgan, Victoria Hewson and Alice Brooks, set out the steps to minimise potential disruptions at the Irish border, so that we can ensure a future for the UK and the Republic of Ireland that is open and inclusive, that creates growth and jobs, and encourages innovation and enterprise.
Read the paper here.
The Quest for Prosperity: How can New Zealand keep living standards rising for all?
Monday, 21 August 2017
For a number of years, New Zealand has topped the Legatum Prosperity Index™ largely in part due to its high scores for its open economy and strong social capital. Our latest paper written by the Prosperity Index team and commissioned by the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand, looks at what New Zealand needs to do in order to ensure it continues delivering high living standards for all New Zealanders.
“New Zealand should be proud of the way it currently delivers and secures prosperity for Kiwis,” says Stephen Brien Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute. “However, maintaining and furthering that prosperity in the future will depend on the depth and breadth of the nation’s human capital.
“To achieve ongoing prosperity, New Zealand must ensure as many people as possible are equipped with the required skills, and have the opportunity, to contribute to society. This will benefit not only the economy, but also the wellbeing of individuals and the communities they live in.”
Read the report here.
French Legislative Elections 2017: First Round Analysis
Thursday, 15 June 2017
As part of his Senior Fellowship, Matthew Elliott is researching the rise of populism and examining the underlying factors contributing to the rise (or otherwise) of populist movements across the world. Following on from his analysis of the French presidential election, this short paper provides an analysis after the first round of voting in the legislative elections.
Central and Eastern Europe Prosperity Report
Thursday, 15 June 2017
This inaugural 2016 Central and Eastern European Prosperity Report underscores the importance of looking beyond wealth. It shows that while Central and Eastern Europe’s (CEE) average income remains far behind that of Western Europe, its prosperity has converged at a much faster rate.
A Blueprint for UK Trade Policy
Wednesday, 26 April 2017
In this paper Shanker Singham, Chairman of the Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, sets out a blueprint for pursuing trade policy after Brexit.
A brief guide to the French election: Populism across the spectrum —left, right and centre
Friday, 21 April 2017
As part of his Senior Fellowship, Matthew Elliott is researching the rise of populism and examining the underlying factors contributing to the rise (or otherwise) of populist movements across the world. His second paper is a brief guide to the French election, taking place on Sunday 23 April. Will Marine Le Pen succeed where Geert Wilders failed.
Parenting Skills Classes: Transforming the Next Generation
Monday, 10 April 2017
Families are the bedrock of our society and this is recognised by the public at large—as our recent survey accompanying this report confirms, 84 percent of respondents endorse this statement.
Read the full report here.
Cristina Odone interviewed 70 parents and a number of experts as part of her research. Listen to some of these interviews here.
Prosperity in an independent Scotland: Analysis from the Legatum Prosperity Index™
Friday, 17 March 2017
If Scotland were to become independent how will it impact the prosperity of future generations? The Legatum Prosperity Index™ team analyses the issue using data from the global Legatum Prosperity Index™ and data from the first ever UK Prosperity Index, mapping prosperity across 389 local authority areas.
Overnight Analysis: Dutch Election 2017
Thursday, 16 March 2017
As part of his Senior Fellowship, Matthew Elliott is researching the rise of populism and examining the underlying factors contributing to the rise (or otherwise) of populist movements across the world. Following Matthew's pre-election guide to the Dutch election, this short report provides an immediate post-election analysis of the results. A longer paper will be published later in the year with a more considered analysis of the voting patterns and the new coalition government.
A brief guide to the Dutch election: Will the rise of populism continue into 2017?
Monday, 13 March 2017
As part of his Senior Fellowship, Matthew Elliott is researching the rise of populism and examining the underlying factors contributing to the rise (or otherwise) of populist movements across the world. His first paper is a brief guide to the Dutch election, taking place on Wednesday 15 March. Will the rise of populism continue into 2017?
Brexit: World Trade Organization Process and Negotiation of Free Trade Agreements
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
Legatum Institute's Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies and chair of our Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham writes about best practice for the U.K. to negotiate Free Trade Agreements following Brexit in this short paper, Brexit: World Trade Organization Process and Negotiation of Free Trade Agreements.
Special Trade Commission: Brexit, Movement of Goods and the Supply Chain
Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Legatum Institute Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies, Shanker Singham and Senior Counsel for the Special Trade Commission, Victoria Hewson author a new Legatum Institute paper that looks at the trade opportunities for the U.K. resulting from Brexit.