Since 2008, the appeal of Western democratic capitalism has faded. Many in the developing world now look to China as a model for rapid growth.  However, there are lessons to be learned from the large and diverse democratic market economies beyond the Western world. Based on a research study of India, Brazil and South Africa, the panel will challenge the increasing belief that democracy is a hindrance to growth.


  • Ann Bernstein, Executive Director of the Centre for Development and Enterprise in Johannesburg
  • Dr Eswaran Sridharan, Academic Director, University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advances Study of India in New Dehli
  • Dr Simon Schwartzman, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Studies on Labour and Society in Rio de Janiero


  • Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute in London; former Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at LSE IDEAS for 2012-2013

Wednesday 14 May 2014, 6.30pm
LSE IDEAS, B13, Lincoln's Inn Field, London School of Economics

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Democracy Works is a joint project between the Legatum Institute, the Centre for Development and Enterprise in Johannesburg, Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi, and Instituto de Estudos do Trabalho e Sociedade in Rio de Janeiro, which aims to explore the relationship between democracy and growth. Read more here.

LSE IDEAS is a centre for the study of international affairs, diplomacy and grand strategy. Its mission is to use LSE's vast intellectual resources to help train skilled and open-minded leaders and to study international affairs through world-class scholarship and engagement with practitioners and decision-makers. As its name implies, IDEAS aims at understanding how today's world came into being and how it may be changed, in line with LSE's old motto: rerum cognoscere causas - to understand the causes of things.