Since 2008, political gridlock and economic turmoil have undermined the appeal of Western democratic capitalism, and many countries in the developing world are turning to China as a model for rapid growth. This battle of ideas between democratic and authoritarian approaches to growth often ignores the continued success stories of democratic market economies beyond the West.

Join us as Paul Wolfowitz, former President of the World Bank, hosts a luncheon event to discuss findings from Democracy Works—a joint project of the Legatum Institute (United Kingdom), Center for Development and Enterprise (South Africa), Center for Policy Research (India), and Instituto de Estudos do Trabalho e Sociedade (Brazil)—challenging the belief that democracy is a hindrance to growth and development.


  • Ann Bernstein, Center for Development and Enterprise, South Africa
  • Simon Schwartzman, Instituto de Estudos do Trabalho e Sociedade, Brazil 
  • Eswaran Sridharan, University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India, India 


  • Anne Applebaum, Legatum Institute

Opening and Closing Remarks

  • Paul Wolfowitz, AEI


Wednesday, 21 May 2014, 11:30am EDT
AEI, Twelfth Floor, 1150 Seventeenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036 


11:30 am - Registration and Lunch
12:00 pm - Opening Remarks
12:15 pm - Panel Discussion
1:25 pm  - Closing Remarks
1:30 pm - Adjournment


For more information click here , or contact Hemal Shah at, Ph: 202.862.5889.


This discussion will be livestreamed here at 12:00pm EDT / 17:00 BST

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