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.
Macron won’t win by a landslide
Monday, 24 April 2017
Following the publication of his guide to the French elections, Our Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott writes for The Times Red Box that he doesn't predict Emmanuel Macron winning by a landslide and discusses whether populism will be dead following this French election.
Read the full article here.
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?
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?
Cristina Odone appears on BBC's Daily Politics as Guest of the Day
Friday, 24 February 2017
Director of our Cultural Transformation Programme, Cristina Odone appeared on BBC's Daily Politics as Guest of the Day discussing topics including the recent by-elections in Copeland and Stoke and whether it should be possible for one MP to stop new legislation or if there is an argument that there are too many attempts at bringing in new legislation.
A Genuine Rapprochement? A Look at US Policy Towards Iran
Tuesday, 15 March 2016
Richard Nephew, Program Director for Economic Statecraft, Sanctions and Energy Markets at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University and former US negotiator on the Iran Sanctions, led an off-the-record discussion with analysts, academics and journalists.
Spokesman for Birthers, Truthers, and Internet Trolls
Friday, 21 August 2015
Donald Trump has brought the language and ideas of birthers, truthers, and conspiracy theorists onto the national stage, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)
Asia’s Big Democracies Are Drowning in Campaign Cash
Monday, 27 April 2015
Democracy celebrated a high point last year when a combined 700 million people in India and Indonesia cast their votes in national elections. Now, as the two countries' new leaders approach the end of their first year in office, many are asking what has come of their anti-corruption promises.
Another Greek Tragedy
Monday, 26 January 2015
In the midst of their difficulties, Greeks were tempted to put a new party in power. But Tsipras is not bearing gifts, just promise, writes the Legatum Institute's Nikolaos Dimou.
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.
The Road to the 2015 General Election
Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Speaking at a lunch at the Legatum Institute, Lynton Crosby, campaign strategist and organisation specialist, discussed the challenges facing the Conservative party in the lead up to the 2015 general election.
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.
Europe After Germany’s Election
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
On Saturday 21 September Germans will dutifully go to the polls to vote in the 2013 Federal elections and unsurprisingly—as countless commentators have already prophesied—the likely party to come out on top will be Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU). The foregone conclusion of Mrs Merkel’s victory has been in place since late autumn of last year—any discussion or written piece about the upcoming elections is prefaced by mentioning “the most likely outcome”.
Mexico’s Cry for Independence
Friday, 13 September 2013
On 16 of September, Mexico will celebrate its Independence Day, one of the most important celebrations in the country, remembering the day in 1810 when the cry for independence (‘Grito Mexicano’) was uttered, resulting in the Mexican War of Independence. However, looming through the festivities will be the image of Mexico as an impoverished country ravaged by drug wars and class division.
Norwegian Elections: The Lowdown
Friday, 6 September 2013
Norway’s incumbent Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, must be wondering what has hit him. Having been probably one of the only public figures ever to experience an approval rating of 94% back in 2011, he now finds himself facing a likely defeat in the upcoming election on 9 September 2013. Indeed, it looks like it might even be the first time his centre-left Labour Party has not come in first place since 1924.
Lessons from Afghanistan
Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Former ambassadors to Afghanistan Jean d’Amécourt and Mark Sedwill discussed lessons learned from the French and British experience and how they apply to transitions elsewhere in the world.
South Africa: Has the Transition Stalled?
Friday, 7 December 2012
Ann Bernstein, Executive Director of the Centre for Development and Enterprise in South Africa will be at the Legatum Institute for a discussion on challenges faced by the country now and in the future.
“South Africa needs to get its act together”
Friday, 7 December 2012
South Africa today is a country beset with challenges – a ruling party in disarray, sluggish economic growth, growing corruption. Is the ANC in terminal decline? Why is South Africa struggling to manage its global brand? Ann Bernstein, executive director at the Centre for Development and Enterprise in South Africa, gave a talk at the Legatum Institute to answer some of these questions.
After the US Election: Democracy Challenges
Monday, 26 November 2012
Carl Gershman, President of the National Endowment for Democracy, believes the strength of the West is crucial in reinforcing the strength of democracy.