An Evening with His Eminence Cardinal Turkson
Wednesday, 14 December 2016
The Legatum Institute was delighted to welcome Cardinal Peter Turkson, who flew in from Rome especially, for a conversation on the moral case for free and competitive markets, cronyism, and his idea for the creation of new cities in developing countries.
The UK Prosperity Index Has Some Harsh Lessons for Westminster
Thursday, 13 October 2016
The sooner true devolution starts, the sooner the people of Bolsover will feel as happy as those in West Somerset, writes Cristina Odone, Director of the Legatum Institute Centre for Character and Values. (Reaction)
UK Cities ‘Failing to Provide Basic Life Chances’
Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Report shows rural areas enjoy better quality of life despite being poorer writes Federica Cocco with Harriet Maltby, Head of Policy Research-Prosperity Index at the Legatum Institute contributing. (Financial Times)
Money and Power: The Bank of England and London in the 18th Century
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
In the final History of Capitalism lecture, Anne Murphy, Reader in History and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Humanities at the University of Hertfordshire, told the story of the origins and workings of The Bank of England and its intricate relationship with the unique ecosystem of the City of London.
Sadiq Khan’s Pledge to Crack Down on Uber Smacks of the Worst of Crony Capitalism
Friday, 10 June 2016
Governments need to understand the difference between legitimate prudential regulation, and a naked attempt by an incumbent to knock out competitors and protect a privileged position, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (City A.M.)
Why Free Trade Works
Wednesday, 11 May 2016
A world of open trade, where competition on the merits is the economy’s organising principle, is a world that delivers growth, hope and opportunity in a sustainable, fair and more equitable manner, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (CapX).
Shakespeares Need Free Markets, Too
Wednesday, 11 May 2016
Legatum Fellow Victoria Bateman stresses the importance of promoting free enterprise and innovation in the arts industry. The arts have a significant economic contribution to make, especially in regional redevelopment (BloombergView)
Cottonopolis: Manchester, the Growth and Growing Pains of a Modern City
Tuesday, 19 April 2016
In the third History of Capitalism lecture for 2016, Victoria Bateman, Fellow in Economics at Cambridge University's Gonville and Caius College, charted the rise of Manchester, discussing the growing pains involved in its rapid growth into a truly international city.
Copperopolis: Swansea’s Heyday, Decline and Regeneration
Wednesday, 16 March 2016
In the second lecture of the 2016 History of Capitalism series, Huw Bowen, Professor of Modern History at Swansea University, explored the significance of Swansea as an exemplar of how the capitalist dynamo, driven by aggressive, innovative entrepreneurialism, shaped patterns of economic development.
Lubeck and the Hanseatic League: The Birthplace of the Common Market
Wednesday, 10 February 2016
In the first lecture of the 2016 History of Capitalism series, David Abulafia, Professor of Mediterranean History at Cambridge University and Legatum Fellow, told the story of the Hanseatic League and the city of Lubeck that lay at its heart.
Labour’s Economic Agenda for 2016
Wednesday, 20 January 2016
As part of the Legatum Institute's Business Forum, Seema Malhotra, Shadow Chief Secretary for the Treasury and MP for Feltham and Heston, discussed the idea of shared prosperity with broader, inclusive economic goals, as opposed to short term economic policy-making.
Only the Tories Can Fix Capitalism. Will They Seize the Moment?
Friday, 20 November 2015
Free markets are losing the support of the public, and determined political leadership is needed to restore faith in enterprise. But is the required attitude outside the Conservative party’s comfort zone? Louie Brockbank, Intern at the Legatum Institute, writes for ConservativeHome
In Defence of the 'C' Word
Monday, 16 November 2015
Capitalism is a force for good—Sajid Javid, the Business Secretary, told an audience of entrepreneurs and media at the Legatum Institute—but it faced its biggest challenge ever in the shape of public opinion.
Prosperity for All: Restoring Faith in Capitalism
Wednesday, 4 November 2015
A ten-part manifesto, authored by Legatum Institute Senior Fellow Tim Montgomerie, that seeks to understand how capitalism has come to attract such negative public reaction, and what governments must do to prove to citizens that capitalism really can bring prosperity to everyone.
Why It’s Time for the Right to Reform Modern Capitalism
Friday, 30 October 2015
Capitalism has a track record of alleviating poverty. But if the government wants to highlight its successes, it needs to tame its worst excesses first—by Tim Montgomerie, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute (New Statesman)
Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital, Enriched the World
Wednesday, 16 September 2015
What makes us better off? Deirdre McCloskey, Distinguished Professor of History, Economics, English, and Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago, delivered a lecture that argued ideas, rather than capital, play a crucial role.
There Are Many Brands of Capitalism. Choose Carefully
Saturday, 29 August 2015
In thinking more carefully about the language we use to describe capitalism, we may also consider what is good about the different blends of democratic capitalism out there—and which models have lost their way, writes Tim Montgomerie, Senior Fellow to the Legatum Institute (CapX)
The Dark Side of Economic Growth
Sunday, 19 July 2015
Ignoring the negatives of economic growth undermines its very foundations, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)
How Churchill Learnt to Love the Free Market
Thursday, 25 June 2015
Andrew Roberts, historian, author and presenter, gave an insightful commentary on the development of Churchill’s support of the free market, one of the less-studied facets of his well-documented career.
The Strange Death of Liberalism
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Speaking at a roundtable discussion at the Legatum Institute, Paddy Ashdown, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats, argued that the key problem in advanced western societies was not capitalism but the failure of democracy.
Capitalism as a Moral Force
Monday, 15 June 2015
As part of the Legatum Insitute's Prosperity for All project, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks discussed the contribution of social institutions like the family to economic growth.
Capitalism is Setting Us Free
Saturday, 23 May 2015
The principles of the capitalist free market system can restore our moral fibre, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute (CapX)
Capitalism Question Time
Thursday, 23 April 2015
In conversation with Hywel Williams, and an invited audience, Victoria Bateman, Benedikt Koehler and Nicholas Crafts, the illustrious historians who contributed to the 2014 History of Capitalism series, retraced and further investigated various questions on the evolution of capitalism—past, present and future.
Unlocking Prosperity Potential
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
True prosperity has a capitalist core, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute (CapX)
How To Be Dutch, the Modern Way
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
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.
Mettlesome Merchants and Rapacious Rulers
Tuesday, 3 March 2015
The history of trade is one of merchants bending the rules. Governments would be wise to let them, writes Stephen Clarke, Research Analyst at the Legatum Institute (History Today)
Prosperity for All: An Introduction
Monday, 2 February 2015
Friends of capitalism need to rediscover the moral Smith as well as the market Smith, writes Tim Montgomerie, Senior Fellow to a new Legatum Institute programme.
Rome’s Economic Revolution
Thursday, 15 January 2015
In the first History of Capitalism lecture of 2015, Philip Kay, Supernumerary at Wolfson College (Oxford) and Head of Asia at City Financial, detailed the economic developments of Republican Rome between the war against Hannibal (218 to 201 BC) and Julius Caesar’s dictatorship in the middle of the first century BC.
Bankers' Bonuses, Roman Style
Monday, 12 January 2015
Since antiquity, moneymen have been the target of vitriol, writes Stephen Clarke, Research Assistant at the Legatum Institute.
Industrialisation: Why Britain Got There First
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
In the final 2014 lecture in the History of Capitalism series, the Legatum Institute hosted Nicholas Crafts, Professor of Economics and Economic History and the Director of the ESRC Research Centre on Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at the University of Warwick, who explored the question of why Britain was the first country in the world to experience the transition to an industrialised economy.
The Corruption of Capitalism: Britain’s Role
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
The Legatum Institute was pleased to host a dinner with Frank Field, MP for Birkenhead and Chair of the Modern Slavery Bill Review, in conversation with Lord Glasman, Labour life peer, on the challenges facing capitalism.
What if Nike Controlled Brazil?
Thursday, 11 September 2014
Imagine a corporation growing unchecked, and morphing into the most powerful commercial operation in the world, holding even governments to ransom. Professor Huw Bowen, pre-eminent scholar of the East India Company, explained how this hypothetical scenario became reality in 18th and 19th century England.
The Conservative Agenda for Business
Thursday, 19 June 2014
The Legatum Institute hosted Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, Matthew Hancock MP, for a small gathering of business leaders on the Conservative agenda for business.
A Global Transition: From the Mediterranean to the Atlantic
Thursday, 15 May 2014
As part of the Legatum Institute's 'History of Capitalism' series, David Abulafia, Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge, delivered a lecture exploring how European trade, and distinctive business practices, spread westwards along the coasts of the Mediterranean, both Christian and Islamic, to become a global phenomenon.
Early Islam and the Birth of Capitalism
Thursday, 20 February 2014
As part of a new three-year 'History of Capitalism' course, historian and former banker Benedikt Koehler, delivered an inaugural lecture based on his forthcoming book, Early Islam and the Origins of Capitalism.
The Future of Conservatism and the Fate of Free Enterprise
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
As part of its continuing program exploring the moral foundations of capitalism, the Legatum Institute hosted a panel discussion with prominent American and British conservative commentators on the future of free enterprise.
Is Capitalism Moral?
Thursday, 13 June 2013
As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Morality and Capitalism' series, George Mason University professor, Steven Pearlstein, will explore this question at a lunchtime discussion.
Revaluating the Values of Free Market Competition
Thursday, 13 June 2013
As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Morality and Capitalism' series, commentator, educator and George Mason University professor, Steven Pearlstein, shared his views on why it may be necessary to re-examine the concept of capitalism and markets.
Can America Outwit Decline?
Friday, 3 August 2012
Robert Kagan considers if America can outwit decline and questions the constant commentary that the US can no longer do what it wants to do in the world. Well, compared to when?
Transparency Only the First Step to Fixing Finance
Tuesday, 31 January 2012
In US News & World Report, Robert Hahn and Peter Passell believe transparency in the financial sector could certainly help the world economy prosper—but is it enough?
Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern World
Friday, 13 January 2012
Deirdre McCloskey, distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English and Communication at the University of Illinois, visited the Legatum Institute for a discussion of her book 'Bourgeois Dignity—Why Economics Can't Explain the Modern World'.