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They’d rather debate the future of processed food than acknowledge Putin’s military aggression, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum (Washington Post)

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2015: A Dark Year for Venezuela

Monday, 15 December 2014

Lack of economic opportunities, steep inflation, poverty, crime, lower oil prices and repressive political systems could all make for an 'unhappy New Year' in Venezuela, writes Joana Alfaiate, Research Analyst at the Legatum Institute (Huffington Post)

Unlocking the Potential of African Prosperity

Thursday, 11 December 2014

The Legatum Institute's Novella Bottini and Solène Dengler look at the key findings from the 2014 'Africa Prosperity Report', assessing the reality of the 'Africa rising' narrative (Overseas Development Institute)

Industrialisation: Why Britain Got There First

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Stephen Clarke, Research Analyst at the Legatum Institute, examines three famous theories of the Industrial Revolution, and shows why they do not tell us the whole story (History Today)

Putin's Great Gamble is About to Backfire

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Since the invasion of Crimea, Russia's President has been conducting an experiment in anti-western rebellion, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (The Spectator)

Three Myth Busters About the Land of the Free

Friday, 5 December 2014

There is a clear picture forming of an US that needs to re-evaluate the way its citizens are being treated and the freedoms that are available to them, writes Joana Alfaiate, Research Analyst at the Legatum Institute (Huffington Post)

A Statement of Prosperity

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

December's Autumn Statement could be the Conservatives' path back to power, writes Harriet Maltby, Government Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute (ConservativeHome)

Isil Persecution is Killing Christians. It's Time to Acknowledge It.

Monday, 1 December 2014

The Pope dares to admit it, and Desmond Swayne MP doesn't: Christian communities in the Middle East are being destroyed, writes Cristina Odone, Director of Communications at the Legatum Institute (The Daily Telegraph)

Another Reason to Avoid Reading the Comments

Friday, 28 November 2014

If you want to comment on an article, you shouldn't be allowed to be anonymous, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum (Washington Post)

Measuring Prosperity—and Progress

Monday, 24 November 2014

As important as GDP is to understanding countries’ material well-being, it may not reflect progress (or regress) in categories like governance, health, education, and social capital, write Matthew Slaughter and Matthew Rees in a blog for the Tuck Center for Global Business and Government.

Unionist Politicians Shouldn’t Want an English Parliament

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

The dominance of an English Parliament would be so great as to be destabilising, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute (ConservativeHome)

Is Germany Ready to Assume a Global Role?

Friday, 14 November 2014

They’d rather debate the future of processed food than acknowledge Putin’s military aggression, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum (Washington Post)

The European Arrest Warrant Could Let Vladimir Putin's Goons Knock on British Doors

Monday, 10 November 2014

The EAW may allow foreign suspects to be deported, as Theresa May argues—but it will also let corrupt foreign regimes target their enemies through the British courts, writes Cristina Odone, Director of Communications at the Legatum Institute (The Daily Telegraph)

When the Berlin Wall Came Down

Saturday, 8 November 2014

On the 25th anniversary of Berlin's 'happy ending’, Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute, reports on the dark and uncertain mood that enveloped the city in those early days (​The Daily Telegraph​)

Challenges and Obstacles to Africa's Long-Term Prosperity

Thursday, 6 November 2014

In an interview with CNBC Africa, Novella Bottini, Econometrician at the Legatum Institute, takes a look at Africa's prosperity based on findings from the Legatum Institute's 2014 Africa Prosperity report. 

Entrepreneurial Europe

Thursday, 6 November 2014

The 2013 Legatum Prosperity Index finds that, at least in some European countries, entrepreneurship is flourishing. Nine of the top ten countries on the Entrepreneurship and Opportunity sub-index are European, with the continent holding the first nine slots on the sub-index (Hong Kong takes the 10th).

Women's Fear Goes Viral

Monday, 3 November 2014

In a blog for the Huffington Post, Joana Alfaiate, Research Analyst to the Legatum Prosperity Index, asks: what can we do to make women feel safer?

A Good Society that Just Goes on Giving

Monday, 3 November 2014

Cruel Britannia is a figment of the Left’s imagination—we are a very generous people, writes Cristina Odone, Director of Communications at the Legatum Institute (The Daily Telegraph).

Jews Celebrate Their Place in Poland’s History

Friday, 31 October 2014

The new Museum of the History of Polish Jews is a testament to people everywhere who have fought to exist.

The NHS’s Monopoly is Weakening—UK Healthcare Has a Bright Future

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

There has been plenty of change in health policy over the past 20 years, but one thing has remained—the NHS’s monopoly position. However, Graeme Leach is optimistic about the future of Britain's healthcare (City A.M.)

The Myth of Russian Humiliation

Friday, 17 October 2014

The West didn’t provoke Russia. It gave it more credit than it deserved, writes Anne Applebaum in her Washington Post column.

Sorry, Eric Li, Democracy Is Not the Problem

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Hong Kong's pro-democracy activists aren't radicals or revolutionaries. But that's what Beijing wants you to believe, writes Christian Caryl in his latest column for Democracy Lab.

Why Won’t Boris Stand Up to the Screw You School of Architecture?

Monday, 13 October 2014

The question isn't whether one is for development, but rather what development is for, writes Peter Franklin for ConservativeHome when discussing the Legatum Institute and Create Streets' latest Architecture of Prosperity report.

Must These Ghastly Slabs Be Boris's Legacy to London?

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

The Legatum Institute and Create Streets alternative to the redevelopment of the former Royal Mail site in London is "seriously visionary", writes Simon Jenkins in the Evening Standard. So why isn't Boris listening?

Hong Kong's Religious Revolutionaries

Saturday, 4 October 2014

In his latest Democracy Lab column, editor Christian Caryl asks, do Christians make good rebels?

China’s Explanation for the Hong Kong Protests? Blame America.

Friday, 3 October 2014

In her latest Washington Post column, the Legatum Institute's Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum, unpicks why dictatorships can’t believe in spontaneity.

Mount Pleasant is a Test for Boris—Can He Beat the System?

Thursday, 2 October 2014

In an article for ConservativeHome, Director of Create Streets and author of a new Legatum Institute paper, Nicholas Boys Smith, urges the Mayor of London to make "the right call" on the planned redevelopment of the Royal Mail Mount Pleasant Sorting Office in London.

Hong Kong: Would a Failure to Allow Democratic Reforms Hurt Its Standing as a Business Hub?

Monday, 29 September 2014

In an article for City A.M., Legatum Institute Programme Director, Nathan Gamester, argues that democratic reforms would be a good thing for Hong Kong's future prosperity.

The Lesson of John Key’s Victory: Keep the Faith

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

With a third election victory under his belt, Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute, explains why the New Zealand Prime Minister's latest success offers hope for Tories—and it's all about determination and strong values (ConservativeHome)

Making the Headlines: The Divide Between Having Ideas and Reporting on them is Dissolving

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Think tank policy papers are meant to be dry; their wonks more like politicised civil servants than hacks. But increasingly think-tanks are doing journalism—not just blogging and tweeting but foreign reporting, too (The Economist)

Suburbia's Secret Slaves

Friday, 19 September 2014

Even the smartest neighbourhoods can hide victims of domestic slavery, writes Cristina Odone, Director of Communications at the Legatum Institute (Daily Telegraph)

Scotland Sends Europe’s Elites a Warning

Friday, 19 September 2014

Expect more political earthquakes across Europe, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum, at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

The Catalan Connection in Scotland's Independence Referendum

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Spain’s separatists are in Scotland helping the country’s independence movement, writes Christian Caryl, Editor of Democracy Lab and Legatum Institute Senior Fellow (Foreign Policy)

In Good Company: Re-evaluating the Legacy of the East India Company

Monday, 15 September 2014

In a blog for History Today, Stephen Clarke, Research Analyst at the Legatum Institute, analyses a recent Legatum Institute lecture by Professor Huw Bowen of Swansea University on the inner workings of the East India Company.

Defeating ISIS with Airstrikes is a Fantasy

Sunday, 14 September 2014

In an interview with MSNBC, Christian Caryl, editor of Democracy Lab and Legatum Institute Senior Fellow, discusses the growing coalition against ISIS and whether the US and its allies can “degrade and destroy” the terror group without putting groups on the ground.

The Secrets of London's Athenian Golden Age

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Democracy and competition—the spirit of the best of ancient Greece—are what make my city great. An abridged version of Boris Johnson's lecture for the Legatum Institute on the ancient civilisations of BC Athens (Spectator)

UK Stalls on Supply Chain Slavery

Monday, 1 September 2014

Two hundred years ago Britain led the global abolitionist movement by example. Today, however, the UK would rather wait for Europe to twist its arm, writes Michael Pollitt, Research Intern at the Legatum Institute (Ethical Corporation online)

War in Europe is Not a Hysterical Idea

Thursday, 28 August 2014

In her latest column for the Washington Post, Legatum Institute Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum, asks if it hysterical to prepare for total war with Russia—or naive not to?

During an Unexpected Boom in the Industry, David Cameron is Fumbling on Slavery

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

As slavery all over the world is more prolific and lucrative than ever, a new British abolitionist movement is beginning. Just like 200 years ago, however, it is encountering “dark forces” at the top, writes Michael Pollitt, Research Intern at the Legatum Institute (New Statesman​)

Obama’s Legacy Could Be a Revitalized NATO

Friday, 22 August 2014

Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute, believes leading a new NATO could be the best way for Barack Obama to leave a meaningful foreign policy legacy (​Washington Post)

A Warning from History for the Google Translate Generation

Friday, 22 August 2014

The decline of language skills threatens the study of the past. And machines won’t come to the rescue, writes Michael Pollitt, Research Intern at the Legatum Institute (History Today).

We Have the Anti-Semites We Deserve

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Cristina Odone, Director of Communications at the Legatum Institute, explains why our attitude to religious freedom has created a dangerous trinity (Daily Telegraph)

Our Mania for Measuring (and Remeasuring) Wellbeing

Friday, 15 August 2014

In an article for the Harvard Business Review, Legatum Institute President and CEO Jeffrey Gedmin analyses the trend for measuring wellbeing.

Forget Washington. It’s Wellington, Stupid

Monday, 11 August 2014

Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute, explains why the Anglosphere model for David Cameron and the Conservatives should be John Key and his National Party in New Zealand (​ConservativeHome​)

Russia’s Blow to Globalisation

Monday, 11 August 2014

Russia’s ban on Western imports exposes the myth that global trade could end global conflict, writes Legatum Institute Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum (Washington Post)

Assessing Obama's Foreign Policy After A Week Of Crises

Friday, 1 August 2014

Politico magazine editor Susan Glasser and the Legatum Institute's Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum, discussed with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about how the US president's foreign policy moves are playing out at home and abroad.

Meriam 'the Apostate' Sends a Warning to Islamist Regimes

Friday, 25 July 2014

The Pope's praise of Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian Sudanese woman sentenced to death for apostasy, sends a message to the globe about religious freedom, writes Cristina Odone, Director of Communications at the Legatum Institute.

Punishing Russia for the MH17 Tragedy Will Not Help Ukraine

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Our leaders should recognise that the west had its own role in Ukraine’s collapse, writesOliver Bullough, journalist and author of the Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum paper, Looting Ukraine: How East and West Teamed up to Steal a Country.

The Malaysia Airlines Crash is the End of Russia’s Fairy Tale

Friday, 18 July 2014

The downing of the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane has exposed the chaos in Ukraine as a real war, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum (Washington Post)

Welcome to Free Kiev

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

In her latest column for the Washington PostAnne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum, explains why Russian émigrés are seeking refuge in Ukraine’s capital.

The Churches Must Unite Against Slavery, Says Frank Field

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Following his presentation at the Legatum Institute's conference on 'Slavery and Abolition: Then and Now', Frank Field MP, Chair of the Modern Slavery Bill Review, calls on Churches to launch a new abolition campaign against slavery. By Cristina Odone, Director of Communications at the Legatum Institute (Daily Telegraph)

Slavery and Abolition: Then and Now

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Following his participation at the Legatum Institute's recent seminar on slavery with Frank Field MP, Nick Grono, CEO of The Freedom Fund, calls for a new abolitionist movement to end slavery (ConservativeHome)

Venezuela's World Cup Dream

Monday, 30 June 2014

As if she didn’t have enough troubles, Venezuela also has the unhappy distinction of being the only South American country (save for the very tiny ones) to have never made it into the World Cup finals. Sure, much of the time they can find solace in other areas where they do well—the ‘three Bs’ of béisbol, beauty queens, and buttloads of oil.

It's Not Just Islam–A Global Religious Revival is Changing Politics For Ever

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Cristina Odone, Director of Communications at the Legatum Institute, and Damian Thompson, blogs editor for the Daily Telegraph, discussed the role religion plays in politics (Spectator)

We Need a Futuristic Vision of Genuine Capitalism to Halt the Expanding State

Thursday, 26 June 2014

In his latest City A.M. column, Graeme Leach, Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies, calls on defenders of capitalism to fight back now, and outlines six illustrations for how a genuine capitalist economy would look.

Free Economies Will Crumble if We Fail to Make the Moral Case for Capitalism

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Graeme Leach, Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies, asks how do we get back to a spirit of vitality, innovation, wealth creation and human flourishing, so that free markets and free people can truly maximise their potential? (​City A.M.​)

What if National Prosperity Decided the World Cup?

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

There are a variety of indicators that can be used to measure the success of nations. Wealth is most commonly used but other measures such as happiness and quality of life have been suggested. In fact, global rankings tables exist for a multitude of weird and wonderful metrics from alcohol consumption to homicide rates. But what if we used football as a measure of national prosperity?

The Last Democratic World Cup?

Thursday, 12 June 2014

The cost and corruption that come with the games make them appealing to dictators, not democracies, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum (Washington Post).

The World Cup's Six Economic Lessons

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

The World Cup is a fascinating lesson in economics, as well as football, writes Graeme Leach, Director of Economic and Prosperity Studies (City A.M.)

Sorry Germaine Greer, Feminism Began Long Before You and Your Female Eunuch

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Most people see feminism as a modern day concept, gathering force in the 20th century, but Legatum Institute 'History of Capitalism' lecturer, Victoria Bateman, says it actually started centuries earlier (​The Daily Telegraph​)

Europe is Seeing a East-West Clash of Values

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Ukraine is desperate to escape what Europe’s far-right wants to become, writes Legatum Institute Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum (Washington Post)

Forget the Dodgy Numbers: Leaving the EU Makes Economic Sense

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Ukip's recent electoral triumph has reignited debate about the cost of Britain’s place in the EU. Graeme Leach, Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute, analyses what we know about the economics of our membership (City A.M.)

Elections Matter

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Democratic governance is about more than calling elections and it is about more than casting votes. Democratic governance encompasses a wider landscape of rights including factors such as the rule of law, freedom of expression, accountability of institutions and transparency of elected leaders. And when it comes to elections, it also includes the freedom to vote for your preferred candidate without fear of recrimination from the state.

What Egypt Could Learn From Brazil, India, or South Africa

Friday, 16 May 2014

In a column for Slate Legatum Institute Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum, explains why the authoritarian critique of Western democracy misses the mark.

Capitalists Shouldn’t Be Frightened of Piketty’s Growth-Retarding Manifesto

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

There are better ways to redistribute income than Piketty's tax hikes, writes Legatum Institute Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies, Graeme Leach (City A.M.)

Poseidon Politics: The Battle For 2015

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

With just one year to go until the UK General Election in 2015, thought has inevitably turned to the deciding factors—from the economic recovery to Ed Miliband’s electability. Truthfully these factors are unlikely to have an impact on who forms a majority, only how big that majority is. The election outcome has largely been decided by institutional factors that make it Ed Miliband’s to lose, not David Cameron’s.

One Party Politics in South Africa

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

South African politics has been dominated by the African National Congress since the end of apartheid, and in today’s election the question is not whether the ANC will win, but how much it will win by. Anything less than a two-thirds majority will loosen the grip of ruling party and galvanise a weak opposition.

What’s Happening in Wellbeing?

Friday, 2 May 2014

Right now wellbeing is very topical. Around the world governments are beginning to warm up to the idea of measuring something more than just economic progress. Countries currently engaged in measuring wellbeing in some form include Germany, Australia, Bhutan, Ireland, France, Japan, Korea, China, Germany, Norway, Italy, Spain, Slovenia and, of course, the UK.

Why Freedom—Not Foreign Aid—Is the Only Real Route to Development

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Foreign state aid is a band-aid, treating the symptoms, not the disease, writes Legatum Institute Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies, Graeme Leach (City A.M.)

Who’s Missing? The G20 and the 2012 Legatum Prosperity Index

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

On 5 September the leaders of the G20 countries will meet in St. Petersburg for their 8th summit. The G20 is supposed to represent the world’s ‘major’ economies, a claim supported by the fact that the group make up 90% of global GDP, 80% of international trade, two-thirds of the world’s population and 84% of fossil fuel emissions. 

Twenty Years of Divergent Paths: Rwanda and Burundi

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Twenty years ago, on 6 April 1994, the presidents of Burundi and Rwanda died in a plane crash returning home from Dar-Es-Salaam. The circumstances of the plane crash are still subject to speculation, even though investigations have revealed substantial evidence suggesting that Hutsu extremists gave the order to bring down the plane, because they disagreed with the signing of the peace agreement that had taken place in August 1993. The double assassination triggered turmoil in both countries: in Rwanda a genocide that lasted 100 days, and in Burundi a civil war that ended only in 2005.

Taking a Look at How Indians Feel on the First Day of the Country’s General Election

Monday, 7 April 2014

Last year the publication of the 2013 ‘Legatum Prosperity Index™’ featured analysis on the contrasting fortunes of India and Bangladesh. India, the evidence suggested, was falling behind its smaller, poorer, neighbour on a range of important metrics. With India’s General Election beginning today, it is worth looking at new data, especially regarding the issues that will play a decisive part in the election.

Latin America Needs More Than Just Economic Growth

Friday, 4 April 2014

This year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) on Latin America aimed to address more than economic growth by looking at other issues that may be preventing the region’s development, such as education, climate, and demographics. Sustainable economic growth was at the top of the agenda, of course, but it represented the important recognition of other issues that need to be dealt with in the region. What does Latin America need beyond economic growth?

Why There's Nothing Ethical About Progressive Taxation

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Legatum Institute Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies, Graeme Leach, sides with the views of late economist Friedrich Hayek when taking a stance on the subject of 'progressive taxation' (City A.M.)

Russia’s Anti-Western Ideology Has Global Consequences

Friday, 28 March 2014

Russia’s ideas may be a mishmash, but they are striking a chord among some, writes Legatum Institute Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum (Washington Post)

Why the Real Global Debt Crisis is Bigger Than You Think

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

In his latest column for City A.M., Legatum Institute Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies, Graeme Leach, believes the solution to the most important economic issue of our time lies with the courage and character of politicians.

A Need to Contain Russia

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Putin’s invasion of Crimea shows the need for strategic changes in the West, writes Legatum Institute Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum (Washington Post)

Wellbeing and Policy: How Important is Measuring Wellbeing for Our Wellbeing?

Friday, 21 March 2014

After a year of intensive research, the 'Wellbeing and Policy' report has been published. The report was launched in Berlin on 20 March 2014, at a joint event between the Legatum Institute and the Bertelsmann Foundation. Today (21 March 2014), the report was launched at the Legatum Institute in London, with a presentation of key findings by the report's authors.

Why Osborne Should Now Axe Tax Relief on Pensions

Friday, 21 March 2014

This week Osborne reached first base with his proposal to make Isas more flexible and to give people more control over how they use their pensions. But he didn't complete the home run, explains Legatum Institute Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies, Graeme Leach (City A.M.)

The Unwisdom of Crowds

: Why People-Powered Revolutions Are Overrated

Thursday, 20 March 2014

The crowd had its moment, and that moment has now passed, writes the Legatum Institute's Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum (New Republic)

Forget Nordic Socialism: Welfare Didn't Make Scandinavia Rich

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

In a column for City A.M., the Legatum Institute's Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies Graeme Leach makes the case for why the Nordic economic model is not a model for the UK.

Insights on Africa

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Over the last few weeks I was fortunate to have spoken at two conferences in Africa: the first was the Sankalp Africa Summit in Kenya; the second was the 7th AfrEA Conference in Cameroon. I thank the organisers of both conferences for extending me an invitation to speak, and engage in very stimulating conversations about the future of the continent.

Recipe for Revolt

Friday, 7 March 2014

Protests in Ukraine, Venezuela and Thailand have made the headlines over the past few months, all with seemingly different causes and outcomes. What lessons, if any, can be drawn from events in these three countries? 

The Real Reason Squeezing the Rich Makes Us All Poorer

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

The UK has a top rate of income tax based on politics not economics, and a progressive tax system built on distortion not economic efficiency, writes Legatum Institute Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies, Graeme Leach (City A.M.)

Ukrainian Smears and Stereotypes

Friday, 21 February 2014

In her latest column for the Washington Post, the Legatum Institute's Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum, offers guide to terms, words and phrases that should be treated with scepticism in the case of Ukraine.

Where is Ukraine?

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Is Ukraine in Europe or in Russia? Since November of last year, Ukraine has witnessed popular upheaval, following President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to turn his back on Europe by not signing key agreements with the EU last month. This unexpected move revived the so far quieted spirits of the Orange Revolution, and brought back into the international spotlight questions of the country’s stability, future and, especially, identity.

The Small State Game Changer: We Can Transform Britain Forever in Four Stages

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

How do you fashion a small state when there’s a huge deficit and a majority of the political and media class howl at the mere suggestion of less public spending? Legatum Institute Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies, Graeme Leach, outlines four key strategies (City A.M.)

The Ultimate Privatisation: It’s Time to Let Parent Power Loose On Our Schools

Friday, 14 February 2014

In this City A.M. column Legatum Institute Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies, Graeme Leach, urges politicians to make schools part of a genuine market, dominated by consumers, and not producers.

Book Review: ‘Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot’

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Writing for the Washington Post, Anne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum, reviews Masha Gessen's book, Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot.

Africa Rising?

Friday, 7 February 2014

Is Africa rising or falling? Over the last 50 years, the answer to this question has been debated, discussed and examined. Even today there exist vastly different views on what Africa’s future holds. At the heart of this discussion are more than 1 billion men, women, and children living within 54 nations that form the world’s most vibrant continent. In recent years, conversations about African prosperity have become increasingly optimistic. And this optimism is supported by evidence.

Data and Debt: A Look at America’s Finances

Thursday, 6 February 2014

On Friday 7 February the US debt limit will be reinstated and the Government will, once again, face the possibility of default, as it did last autumn. For many, the political wrangling over the debt limit embodies the partisan dysfunction that currently besets the American political system. As the government struggles to get its finances in order, it is worth taking a look at those of the American people. 

Assad’s Low-Tech WMD: Starvation

Thursday, 6 February 2014

While the international community is haggling over his chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad is killing thousands through starvation, writes LI Director of Global Transitions,Anne Applebaum (Washington Post).

Politicians Are Scared of the Small State But a Positive Vision Will Sell It to Voters

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

How do you shrink the state when it is dominated by health, education and welfare? The answer is with a positive vision that is much more than just tax cuts, writes Legatum Institute Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies, Graeme Leach (City A.M.)

Smoke and Mirrors: Assessing the Effects of Smoking on Subjective Wellbeing

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

50 years ago this month we found out that smoking kills. On 11th January 1964 US Surgeon-General Luther Terry released a document titled ‘Smoking and Health’ which outlined the negative health effects of smoking, including increased mortality amongst smokers. 

When it Comes to the 50p Tax Rate, We Need to Appeal to Hearts as Well as Minds

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

In an article for ConservativeHome, Legatum Institute Programme Director Nathan Gamester urges Conservatives to give attention to the views of would-be voters when challenging Labour's recent promise to introduce a 50p tax rate if they win the next election.

Labour’s 50p Tax Populism Ignores the Most Important Debate of the Century

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Raising the top tax rate to 50 per cent will seriously damage the future prosperity of the UK economy, writes LI Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies, Graeme Leach, for City A.M.

Ukraine Shows the ‘Color Revolution’ Model is Dead

Saturday, 25 January 2014

The events in Ukraine destroy several myths about how democracy will advance, writes the Legatum Institute's Director of Transitions Forum Anne Applebaum in her Washington Post column.

Debate: Democracy - Are Worries About the Health of Democracy Today Overblown?

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

As part of The Economist's online debate series, the Hoover Institution's Larry Diamond goes head-to-head with Legatum Institute Senior Fellow and Democracy Lab editor, Christian Caryl, to argue for and against the motion.

Egypt’s Constitutional Referendum: An Undemocratic Start Does Not Mean the End of Democracy

Monday, 20 January 2014

The results of Tuesday and Wednesday’s constitutional referendum have been published. Egypt’s state-run newspaper, Al Ahram  has reported turn-out of registered voters to be at just above 38%, who overwhelmingly supported the new constitution, with 97.7% voting in favour.

Learning About Wellbeing in International Development and “Subjectivities in Wellbeing”

Monday, 20 January 2014

Last week, set in the beautiful surroundings of Oxford’s Regent’s Park College, I had the opportunity to attend a two day conference that explored the fundamentals of “Wellbeing and subjectivity in international development”. 

Can Egypt’s Constitutional Referendum Prevent Further Democratic Decline?

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

A little more than a year ago, President Morsi sat comfortably in the Heliopolis Palace—the Egyptian president’s home—ready to pass a new constitution for Egypt’s fledgling democracy. His confidence was so high that he seemed hardly fazed by a mass resignation of secular and non-Islamist members of his 100-strong constitutional drafting committee.

We Live So Fast, There's No Time to Think

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

We all need time to absorb the opportunities as well as the peril of progress, writes Jeffrey Gedmin in his Huffington Post blog.

Will These Countries Become MINTed?

Friday, 10 January 2014

Over the past week BBC Radio 4 has joined forces with economist Jim O’Neill, coiner of the ‘BRICs’ acronym, to examine the MINTs. Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey are the four emerging economies tipped by O’Neill to emulate the success of the BRICs. Visiting these countries O’Neill reflects upon their different successes and failures. Are his findings reflected in the 'Legatum Prosperity Index™'?

Can Ukraine and India Go Beyond Slogans?

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

It’s not enough to protest corrupt democracies. Real reform requires getting elected, writes Legatum Institute Director of Global Transitions, Anne Applebaum, in her Washington Post column.

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