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A Tide that Lifts All Boats? Response to the Schools Green Paper

Monday, 12 December 2016

Legatum Institute Senior Fellow, James O'Shaughnessy, is the author of a new Legatum Institute paper that offers a response to the Department for Education’s Green Paper Schools That Work for Everyone.

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Special Trade Commission: Cost of EEA Membership for UK Briefing

Monday, 7 November 2016

While there has been much speculation as to the cost of the UK leaving the Customs Union and European Single Market, little thought has been put into the cost associated with remaining in the Customs Union or Single Market in lost opportunities to sign trade deals with other countries. This paper looks at the opportunity costs, and what could be achieved if the UK were able to sign a deal for a Prosperity Zone including like-minded countries, coalesced around the fundamental ideas of open trade, competition on the merits and property rights protection.

Publications

Special Trade Commission: Financial Services Briefing

Monday, 31 October 2016

One of the major issues in the forthcoming process of the UK leaving the EU is the area of the negotiations that relate to financial services. This policy paper, produced by the Legatum Institute's 'Special Trade Commission', makes essential recommendations for how to negotiate deals that will enable a thriving and prosperous sector, post-Brexit.

Publications

2016 UK Prosperity Index

Thursday, 13 October 2016

The 2016 UK Prosperity Index finds that UK cities are failing to turn their economic growth into better lives for people.

Press Release

UK Cities Are Rich—So Why Are Their Residents Not Prosperous?

Thursday, 13 October 2016

The Legatum Institute's newly-released 2016 UK Prosperity Index finds that UK cities are failing to turn their economic growth into better lives for people.

Events

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.

Events

What Does the City of London Need from the Brexit Negotiations?

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

As part of the Legatum Institute’s Business Forum, Mark Boleat, Policy Chairman at the City of London Corporation, discussed the potential impact of Brexit on the City of London.

Commentary

Kremlin Sows Discord With New Weapon at Heart of UK

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Russian media outlets’ disinformation campaigns during the Scottish Referendum represent a darker trend happening across the West to destabilise the region, with analysis provided by Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (The Times—£)

Commentary

Why Patriotic England Can’t See Outside Itself

Friday, 17 June 2016

The paradox of Britain becoming utterly globalised—and more insulated, writes Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Politico)

Publications

Trading Up: New Ideas for UK Exports

Friday, 17 June 2016

Emily Redding is the author of a new paper that raises some of the major issues faced by UK exporters, and offers policy recommendations for how these issues can be addressed in order to improve the UK’s export market and overall productivity.

Press Release

UK Risks Missing £1Trillion Exports Target, Warns Think Tank

Thursday, 16 June 2016

LONDON—The UK risks missing its target of increasing exports to £1trillion by 2020 unless it abandons its misplaced focus on boosting the number of SMEs who export their goods and services and instead concentrates on helping existing exporters build permanent footholds in new markets.

Events

The Government’s Role in Creating a Prosperous Economy

Monday, 13 June 2016

As part of the Legatum Institute’s Business Forum, the Rt. Hon. Greg Hands MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, for an off-the-record discussion on the government’s role in creating a prosperous economy.

Commentary

Britain’s Trade Future in Question if Brexit Happens?

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Obama has warned that Britain will lose its preferred position at the TTIP negotiating table if it leaves the EU. But that's not how trade deals are done, argues Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (Voice of America)

Events

Why Britain Should Remain in the EU

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

As part of the Legatum Institute’s Business Forum, the Rt. Hon. Alan Johnson, who heads the Labour Party’s EU referendum campaign, discussed the importance of convincing the Labour Party supporters to vote for the UK to remain in the European Union.

Events

Britain's Future in the World: A Time of Choosing

Thursday, 5 May 2016

As the EU referendum approaches, the Legatum Institute hosted a debate on Britain’s role in the world with Steve Baker (MP for Wycombe), Gideon Rachman (Financial Times) and Anne Applebaum (Legatum Institute).

Commentary

I'm No Fan of Obama. But on Brexit, He Does Speak for America

Saturday, 23 April 2016

In Washington, the opposition to a British withdrawal from the European Union is deep, broad and bipartisan, shared by liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans alike writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (The Spectator)

Commentary

Great Britain’s Role in the World

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

The dawning realisation that Britain has never, and will never commit to political union, means that regardless of what happens in the Brexit referendum, Britain is on a path to an alternative 'landing zone', writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (CapX)

Events

Brexit Implications for UK Business

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

As part of the Legatum Institute’s Business Forum, Hugo Dixon, International New York Times columnist and Chairman of pro-EU campaign initiative InFacts, discussed the likely consequences of ‘Brexit’, making the case for continued UK membership of the European Union.

Commentary

Can the Odd Couple of Cameron and Corbyn Save Britain’s EU Membership?

Friday, 15 April 2016

The referendum has produced the awkward spectacle of a Labour leader having to ditch his lifelong anti-Europeanism, and a Conservative prime minister whose survival is reliant on left-wing voters, writes Legatum fellow Tim Montgomerie (CapX)

Commentary

Leaving the EU Will Weaken Britain and Its Place in Europe

Friday, 8 April 2016

With Western values facing unprecedented challenges, undermining Europe is a risk too far, argues Anne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute’s Transitions Forum (Evening Standard)

Commentary

Saving Britain’s Steel Industry: From Redcar to Port Talbot

Friday, 1 April 2016

The British government must act now to ensure its trading partners deliver not only open trade, but equally importantly competitive markets inside the border, undistorted by anti-competitive practices and policies, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (CapX)

Commentary

Russia: Implications for UK Defence and Security

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Peter Pomerantsev, Legatum Institute Senior Fellow, appeared as a witness before a recent UK Defence Committee hearing on Russia's military capabilities and implications for the UK.

Commentary

Is This the End of the West As We Know It?

Friday, 4 March 2016

In her latest column for the Washington Post, Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute, fears we are two or three bad elections away from the end of the liberal world order.

Events

Productivity in the UK

Monday, 29 February 2016

Nick Boles, MP, Minister of State for Skills, spoke at a Legatum Institute Business Forum lunch on the government’s plan to improve UK productivity through greater investment in infrastructure, increased wages and training.

Commentary

So Putin Killed Litvinenko. Carry On.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Britain has been cosying up to Russian money for years, and a dead spy isn’t going to change that, writes Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Foreign Policy)

Commentary

Why a Sugar Tax is Not the Answer to Britain's Obesity Problem

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

It is exercise that will fix Britain’s obesity problems—not an over-complicated tax system, writes Abigail Watson, Research Intern at the Legatum Institute (LeftFootForward.org)

Commentary

Why is Cardiff Still Lagging Behind Other UK Capitals?

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Cardiff comes behind other UK capitals in terms of both wealth and wellbeing. Innovative policies are required to reverse the damage done by the decline of heavy industry, argues Abigail Watson, Research Intern at the Legatum Institute (LeftFootForward.org)

Commentary

10 Years On, Cameron’s Compassionate Conservativism has Failed to Deliver Its Promises

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Drawing on data from the 2015 Legatum Prosperity Index, Abigail Watson, Research Intern, reveals how after 10 years in the job, David Cameron's promises have failed to materialise (LeftFootForward.org)

Commentary

Autumn Statement Verdict—Politics over Prosperity

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

If the Chancellor is serious about securing the future of the UK, the focus must go back to deficit elimination and true leadership in revolutionising our public services, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute (ConservativeHome)

Commentary

George Osborne is About to Run Into a Heap of Trouble

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The cuts outlined in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement must be fair, and seen to be fair, writes Tim Montgomerie, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute (CapX)

Commentary

Health and Education Are Part of a Prosperous Society

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Yet they’re currently holding Britain back in the Legatum Institute’s Prosperity Index. The Government can change this—if it wants to, writes Abigail Watson, Research Intern at the Legatum Institute (ConservativeHome)

Publications

2015 UK Prosperity Report

Monday, 2 November 2015

The UK Prosperity Report reveals Britain is more prosperous in 2015 than it has been at any point in the past seven years. The data is based on findings from the 2015 global Legatum Prosperity Index, published in November this year.

Press Release

Norway is the Most Prosperous Country in the World

Monday, 2 November 2015

LONDON—The 2015 Legatum Prosperity Index™ reveals Indonesia has made the most radical improvements since 2009 while the least prosperous countries are in Sub-Saharan Africa. For the seventh year running, Norway is the most prosperous country in the world.

Commentary

Is This the Death of the North-South Divide?

Thursday, 29 October 2015

The north-south divide does not compel the north to poverty or the south to riches. The future is still for the taking, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)

Press Release

Scotland is More Prosperous than England According to a New Legatum Institute Study

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

LONDON—The Legatum Institute's new ‘Geography of Prosperity’ index finds Scotland is more prosperous than England based on average income per person along with how happy they feel.

Events

2015 Conservative Party Conference: The New "One Nation" Conservatism

Sunday, 4 October 2015

“The most interesting event of the Conservative conference”—Rachel Sylvester in The Times.

Events

2015 Conservative Party Conference: Securing Prosperity in an Uncertain World

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Tim Montgomerie moderated a discussion with Johnny Mercer MP, Legatum Institute Senior Fellow Peter Pomerantsev, and Ian Betts of G4S on the biggest threats to Britain’s security.  

Commentary

Jeremy Corbyn’s Big State Policies Would be Disastrous for Long-Term UK Growth

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Corbyn's fiscal consequences could be dire, writes Graeme Leach, Senior Fellow to the Economics of Prosperity programme at the Legatum Institute (City A.M.)

Commentary

Jeremy Corbyn’s Dangerous Appeal

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

The new leader of Britain’s Labour Party doesn’t much care for democratic politics, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)


Commentary

Europe’s Deadly Denial

Monday, 14 September 2015

The refugee crisis is the consequence of Europe’s refusal to confront the wars on its borders, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Slate)

Commentary

Bring Back London's Slums

Thursday, 10 September 2015

We all know that not enough homes are being built in London. But when London’s new mayor is elected in May 2016, will he or she start to build real places, places for life, places that become part of London? James Fischelis, urban consultant and author of The Urban Escalator explains how London can learn from its slums of the past.

Commentary

While Russia Bans Books, the Useful Idiot Corbyn Swallows Its Lies Whole

Sunday, 9 August 2015

The would-be leader of the Labour party is the latest in a long line of Russia's "useful idiots", writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (The Sunday Times)

Commentary

Are Interest Rates About to Rise? Don’t Bank On It Yet

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Tightening monetary policy when broad money growth stands at just over 4 per cent would be a brave move and the wrong one, writes Graeme Leach, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute (City A.M.)

Commentary

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)

Events

"The Legatum Institute is going from strength to strength"

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

The Rt. Hon. Theresa May, Secretary of State for the Home Department, was guest speaker at the Legatum Institute's 2015 Summer Party.

Commentary

The Prosperity Problem

Sunday, 5 July 2015

In a special report for Newsweek, the Legatum Institute's Prosperity Index reveals which countries fared best—and worst—following 'The Great Recession' of 2008.


Events

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.

Events

What Does a One Nation Justice System Look Like?

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Speaking at the Legatum Institute, the Rt. Hon. Michael Gove called for reform of the justice system in England and Wales, in his first speech since being appointed as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.

Commentary

Grexit? Decline in Potential Growth is the Real Challenge

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Whether it’s the United Kingdom, Greece or China, the primary focus of economic policy should be on raising potential output growth, writes Graeme Leach, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute (City A.M.)

Commentary

Bringing Europe Back From the Abyss

Monday, 15 June 2015

Never mind renegotiation. If Europe wants Britain to stay on board, it needs to sort out its economy, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)

Commentary

Osborne’s Prosperity Contortions

Friday, 12 June 2015

In his ambition to move Britain towards a ‘new settlement of responsibility and prosperity’, George Osborne has set himself an impossible task, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute (CapX)

Events

A New Defence Policy?

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

In his first public speaking engagement as Minster of State for Defence Procurement, Philip Dunne addressed a Legatum Institute Business Forum breakfast on defence procurement policy and the priorities ahead.

Events

London Needs to Build the Right Housing—Not Just More Housing

Thursday, 4 June 2015

The Legatum Institute and Create Streets were pleased to host a livestreamed panel with Evan Davis, housing experts and some of London's prospective mayoral candidates, to discuss how to solve the capital's housing crisis and boost wellbeing by building homes people want to live in.

Commentary

UK Must Prepare for the Asian Consumer Revolution

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Graeme Leach, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute, offers eight reforms to position Britain for the coming Asian consumer revolution (City A.M)

Commentary

We Must Stop Panicking About Deflation

Thursday, 21 May 2015

When it comes to deflation, what matters is what causes it, writes Graeme Leach (City A.M.)

Press Release

Economic Growth Alone Will Not Make Britain a More Prosperous Country

Thursday, 16 April 2015

LONDON—New poll for the Legatum Institute reveals health and public safety are more important to voters than rising GDP.

Commentary

When it Comes to Politics, the US and Britain Could Learn From Each Other

Thursday, 16 April 2015

What will the voters get out of these very different political experiences, asks Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute in her latest Washington Post column.

Commentary

The State and the Market Are Set for Another Needless Collision Course

Friday, 10 April 2015

Rather than returning to the battlegrounds of state versus market, we should make the twenty-first century different to the last, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)

Events

Pensions, Retirement and Taxation—with David Gauke, MP

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

On the eve of the Spring Budget, David Gauke MP, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, addressed a small table of Business Forum members about pensions, tax reform and the future of Britain as a business centre.

Events

Whatever Happened to Compassionate Conservatism?

Thursday, 12 March 2015

"We are warriors for the dispossessed," said Michael Gove, the Chief Whip, as he delivered a speech at the Legatum Institute to launch the book, 'The Good Right'.

Events

Is Ed Miliband Ready for No. 10?

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

The Legatum Institute was delighted to host the Westminster Policy Institute for a panel discussion that examined some of the most talked about questions in Westminster: Is Ed Miliband ready for Downing Street and what will his top priorities be if he wins the election?

Commentary

Britain Retreats

Friday, 6 March 2015

Suddenly, Great Britain is disappearing from the world stage, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum in her latest Washington Postcolumn.

Events

You Heard It Here First—A Pollster's General Election Forecast

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Ben Page, Chief Executive of Ipsos MORI, delivered his forecast ahead of Britain's general election at a recent Legatum Institute business breakfast.

Events

The Economics of Prosperity—With Digby, Lord Jones

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Politicians need to "change the mood music" surrounding business, said Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham, at a recent Legatum Institute roundtable.

Commentary

Should Ukraine Be Armed?

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Tim Montgomerie and Anne Applebaum discuss the deteriorating situation in Eastern Ukraine and Britain's foreign policy (​The Times​)

Events

Theresa May MP for Women2Win

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

The Legatum Institute was delighted to host Theresa May, the Home Secretary, and the Women2Win campaign group for their "First-Time Fighters and 40/40 Seats" fundraiser event.

Commentary

A Way to Save Up to 14 Per Cent of the NHS Budget

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Many solutions require political will which is simply absent. But here’s one innovative approach which could at least buy more breathing space, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute (ConservativeHome)

Commentary

Why Britain Must Hold Russia’s Kleptocratic Elite to Account

Friday, 30 January 2015

Alexander Litvinenko’s murder has been treated as a spy story—but it is terrorism, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum (​Financial Times​)

Events

Television: Still Relevant After All These Years

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The Legatum Institute was delighted to welcome Archie Norman, Chairman of ITV, for a lunch discussion. Norman, a former head of ASDA and Conservative MP for Tunbridge Wells, argued that despite new platforms, television remains the one medium that allows for a national conversation.

Events

Chloe Smith: Would You Employ a Young Person?

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

On Democracy Day, youth unemployment and societal disengagement were up for discussion at a Legatum Institute business breakfast that hosted Chloe Smith MP, former Treasury Minister.

Commentary

News from Britain for Obama. We May Outstrip America Within Four Years.

Friday, 16 January 2015

The Legatum Prosperity Index shows the UK is gathering speed and catching up to the US when it comes to prosperity, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economic Researcher at the Legatum Institute (ConservativeHome)

Commentary

Can Britain Really Become Richer Than the US? And Does it Even Matter?

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Despite George Osborne's grand ambitions, there is more to prosperity than wealth alone, writes Stephen Clarke, Research Analyst at the Legatum Institute (​Daily Telegraph​)

Events

The Future of Free Schools: Lunch Discussion with Baroness Evans of Bowes Park

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

The Legatum Institute hosted a lunch to celebrate the elevation of Baroness Natalie Evans to the House of Lords.

Events

Building for the Future?

Monday, 24 November 2014

The Legatum Institute held its latest Architecture of Prosperity lecture, with Jonathan Meades, writer, journalist, and film-maker, to debate the concept of architectural legacy.


Events

Magna Carta—800 Years On

Thursday, 20 November 2014

In anticipation of 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, the Legatum Institute hosted a half-day seminar on the international history and present day realities of constitutions and constitution building. Those present at the roundtable included constitutional, legal and history experts, policy-makers, business leaders and those involved with Magna Carta legacy projects.


Events

Jesse Norman: My Autumn Statement

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

The Legatum Institute welcomed Jesse Norman MP for an insightful yet sobering look over the economic horizon. With the Autumn Statement the last real opportunity for new economic policy before the General Election next May, questions covered the likely announcements from the Chancellor in December.


Commentary

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)

Events

The Future of the Union

Monday, 10 November 2014

In the wake of the Scottish referendum and as the Smith Commission prepares its recommendations for further devolution in Scotland, the Legatum Institute convened a livestreamed conference on the future of the United Kingdom’s constitutional arrangements.

Publications

The Future of the Union

Monday, 10 November 2014

In the wake of the Scottish referendum on 18 September 2014, which saw a small but decisive majority vote to stay in the Union, the Prime Minister asked Lord Smith of Kelvin to chair a commission on the future government of Scotland. This pamphlet, published by the Legatum Institute, offers a selection of short essays examining the passage of future legislation in the Westminster Parliament.


Press Release

English Votes for English Laws is “Incoherent” and Encourages Separatism, says Vernon Bogdanor

Monday, 10 November 2014

LONDON—Royal Commission needed to explore constitutional reform that will bring the United Kingdom closer together.


Commentary

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)

Commentary

Sunshine is Winning the Day. Here’s Evidence that Britain’s Getting Better—Not Worse

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

More freedom. Strong families. New jobs. More giving. This year’s Legatum Prosperity Index is a rebuke to the doomsters and gloomsters, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute (ConservativeHome)

Commentary

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).

Publications

2014 Legatum Prosperity Index™

Monday, 3 November 2014

Now in its eighth year, the Legatum Prosperity Index™  is a unique and robust assessment of global wealth and wellbeing, which benchmarks 142 countries around the world in eight distinct sub-indices: Economy; Education; Entrepreneurship & Opportunity; Governance; Health; Personal Freedom; Safety & Security; and Social Capital.


Press Release

UK Revealed as Most Prosperous of All Major EU Countries

Monday, 3 November 2014

The United Kingdom is today revealed as the most prosperous of all the major EU countries in an international study published by the Legatum Institute.


Events

Place-making for Prosperity: Mount Pleasant Circus

Thursday, 30 October 2014

David Lammy, MP for Tottenham, was guest speaker at a Legatum Institute breakfast that explored the controversial Royal Mail plans for the redevelopment of the Mount Pleasant Sorting Office site in London. The discussion was based on an elegant alternative put forward in a paper published jointly by the Legatum Institute and Create Streets.


Events

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.

Commentary

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.)

Events

What is Suburbia?

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Ed Vaizey, the Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, joined architects, urban planners and sociologists to explore the suburbs as part of the Legatum Institute’s 'Architecture of Prosperity' series. ‘London and the Evolution of Suburbia’ examined the past, present and future of suburbia, and its role in effective urbanisation and regeneration policies.


Commentary

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.

Commentary

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?

Commentary

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)

Commentary

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.

Publications

Mount Pleasant Circus and Fleet Valley Gardens

Friday, 26 September 2014

What should a city look like? The Legatum Institute and Create Streets have published a research paper in response to the planned redevelopment of the Mount Pleasant site in Clerkenwell, one of the very few large open spaces left in central London.

Press Release

Mount Pleasant: A Better Alternative

Friday, 26 September 2014

New proposal to turn old Royal Mail site into terraced housing backed by local residents.

Commentary

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)

Commentary

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)

Commentary

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)

Commentary

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)

Commentary

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)

Press Release

Boris Johnson On London’s Athenian Legacy—And Why It Is Under Threat

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

LONDON—Boris Johnson says London boasts the same political culture of freedom, tolerance, and intellectual experimentation enjoyed in 5th century Athens. But the capital city’s mayor urges Londoners and Britons to guard against “illiberal democracy” which threatens these Athenian virtues.

Commentary

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)

Commentary

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​)

News

Legatum Institute and the Slavery Supply Chain

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Following its event, ‘Slavery and Abolition: Then and Now’ held on 8 July 2014, the Legatum Institute, is providing research support to Frank Field MP and others who are seeking to include a ‘supply chain’ clause in the UK's ‘Modern Slavery Bill’, which is currently being scrutinised by the Public Bill Committee.

Commentary

Entrepreneurial Europe

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).

Commentary

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.

Events

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.

Commentary

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.

Events

Government and Growth

Friday, 25 April 2014

As part of its new ‘Government and Growth’ programme, the Legatum Institute hosted a breakfast with Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies, Graeme Leach, to discuss the impact of government on economic performance, and the global literature pointing towards achieving faster GDP growth by shrinking the state.

Events

Prosperity, Community and Identity: The Built Environment and Creative Capacity

Thursday, 24 April 2014

To inaugurate its 'Architecture of Prosperity' series, the Legatum Institute convened a seminar on Prosperity, Community and Identity: the built environment and creative capacity, which brought together a range of experts and practitioners from the worlds of architecture, planning, politics, academia and mental health. UK Minister for Planning, Nick Boles, served as guest speaker.

Commentary

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.)

Publications

Wellbeing and Policy

Thursday, 20 March 2014

As part of a year-long commission, the 'Wellbeing and Policy' report seeks to illustrate the strengths and limitations of wellbeing analysis and provides original and authoritative guidance on the implications for public policy.

Press Release

Report Calls for Wellbeing to Be At the Heart of Public Policy Design

Thursday, 20 March 2014

An independent commission chaired by Gus O’Donnell proposes a radical reform of public policy-making, targeted at “wellbeing”, or life satisfaction, not simply economic growth.


Commentary

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.

Commentary

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.)

Commentary

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.

Commentary

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.)

Commentary

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.

Press Release

2013 Legatum Prosperity Index™: Global Prosperity Rising While US and UK Economies Decline

Monday, 28 October 2013

The 2013 Legatum Prosperity Index™, which ranks nations according to extensive wealth and wellbeing factors, reveals that global prosperity has risen over the past five years, largely due to improvements in entrepreneurship, health and education. However, the US and UK are both facing economic decline, dropping four and two places respectively for their performance in this sub-index.


Press Release

Private Sector Holds the Key to the Future of British Aid, Says Andrew Mitchell MP

Sunday, 23 June 2013

LONDON—As part of the Legatum Institute (LI) "Policy Dialogues" series, former Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell MP, today publishes a paper setting out his thoughts on the future of international development and the UK’s aid programme.

Events

The Art of Peace and War 1953-2013

Thursday, 20 June 2013

As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Promise of Freedom' series, Lieutenant-General Simon Mayall, Senior Adviser Middle East, Ministry of Defence, discussed the intellectual and cultural context of military strategy and warfare.

News

Politics, Culture, and the Entrepreneurial Idea

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Young professionals explore the vital connection between culture and politics and its impact in shaping prosperous societies.

News

Is the UK Press An Example To the World?

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Editor of 'The Independent' says proposed changes to UK media regulation don’t threaten a free press.

News

Royal Portraiture And The Evolution of the Sovereign's Relationship to Her Subjects

Thursday, 14 March 2013

As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Promise of Freedom' series, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Sandy Nairne, discussed how the iconography of the Queen has reflected the changing relationship between the Sovereign and her subjects. 

Publications

2020 Vision—An Agenda for Transformation (Report)

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

In January 2013, the Legatum Institute hosted the launch of '2020 Vision—An Agenda for Transformation', a compendium of long-term policy ideas by members of the 2020 group of Conservative MPs.

News

2020 Vision - An Agenda for Transformation

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

The Legatum Institute hosted the launch of '2020 Vision - An Agenda for Transformation', a compendium of long-term policy ideas by members of the 2020 group of Conservative MPs.

News

“The pillars upon which Big Government rest are crumbling”

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

The use of the internet has transformed how we engage with each other and how we consume  everything, from news to music to learning. Why, therefore, should it not also transform the way we are governed? A conversation with author and MP for Clacton, Douglas Carswell.

News

Economic crisis and recovery are both networked phenomena

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Economist Paul Ormerod argues that politicians and businesses need to understand the power of networks to anticipate and solve problems.

Commentary

Labour's Policies Would Help Create the Next Housing Bubble

Friday, 5 October 2012

Writing for ConservativeHome, Dalibor Rohac raises concerns over Labour's plan to boost affordable housing in the UK, fearing it would lead to repetition of previous, costly mistakes.

News

Prosperity and Sustainability: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Monday, 10 September 2012

Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change Greg Barker argues that we can marry concerns about growth with the need to transition to a sustainable, resource-efficient, low-carbon economy.

Events

Is There a Distinctively Conservative Green Agenda?

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, Greg Barker discusses the possible future evolution of environmental policies in an age of economic austerity.

Press Release

Gus O'Donnell to Chair Legatum Institute Commission on Wellbeing Policy

Monday, 23 July 2012

LONDON—The Legatum Institute is establishing a high-level Commission to examine the policy implications of wellbeing research. The Commission on Wellbeing Policy will be chaired by Gus O'Donnell who, until late 2011, was the UK Cabinet Secretary, the highest-ranking official in the Civil Service.


Commentary

Bad Sports

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

In City Journal, Dalibor Rohac and Hemal Shah, researchers at the Legatum Institute in London, investigate the unreasonable economics of the London Olympics.

News

The Debt Threat to Democracy: Part II

Monday, 28 May 2012

Tim Leunig argues that a democracy that works well will deliver sensible debt limits by consent, just as it will deliver sensible policies in a range of other policy areas.

News

LI Hosts British Foreign Secretary for Arab Spring Speech

Monday, 3 October 2011

The Legatum Institute hosted British Foreign Secretary, William Hague MP for a speech at the 2011 Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.

Publications

The Broken Ladder

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

This is a major international study of how increasing urbanisation in the world is affecting the prospect of upward mobility for ordinary families and individuals. The study focuses on the key social and economic developments in three major global cities: London, Mexico City, and Mumbai.