Here’s How New Zealand Can Help to Save the NHS
Monday, 29 December 2014
Where we have talked but not yet dared to tread, New Zealand has already implemented, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute.
Taking Democracy for Granted
Thursday, 25 December 2014
Next time you read about a dysfunctional state and shake your head at the mess, remember how lucky you are, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)
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)
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.
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)
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.
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, writes Legatum Insitute Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum (Washington Post)
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?
The Empire is Dead: Long Live its Spirit
Saturday, 4 October 2014
Private enterprise, not the state, drove eighteenth century British prosperity and can do so again, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute (ConservativeHome)
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
Welcome to Free Kiev
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
In her latest column for the Washington Post, Anne 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.
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?
Monday, 16 June 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).
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.)
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Fearful New World, Imperiled by Russia’s Subterfuge
Friday, 18 April 2014
Forget D-Day or “shock and awe.” The Kremlin is reinventing invasions with thugs, criminals, and lies, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum (Washington Post)
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.
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.
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.)
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.)
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.)
Monday, 24 February 2014
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.)
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).
Tuesday, 28 January 2014
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.
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 former Legatum Institute President and CEO, 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.