In Unherd Matthew Elliott says modern populism is not simply a result of Brexit and Donald Trump’s election
Tuesday, 24 October 2017
Modern populism is not simply a result of Brexit and Donald Trump’s election. This phenomenon has been disrupting continental European politics since the 1990s. Populist parties, particularly those of a nationalist persuasion, have been an enduring part of the political landscape in Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland for decades. Many people have felt unheard for a very long time.
The word ‘populist’ has become so commonly used by journalists and pundits that its meaning is often vague, so it’s worth defining at the outset....Populism is largely empty of specific policy proposals regarding the economy, foreign policy or welfare. What unifies all populists is the moral claim of democratic legitimacy and a call to give more power to ‘the people,’ either through democratic or constitutional reforms.
Read the full article in Unherd.
Read Matthew's paper on public opinion in the post-Brexit era here.
Public opinion in the post-Brexit era: Economic attitudes in modern Britain
Friday, 29 September 2017
A landmark study of public opinion in the UK post the General Election has found that there is widespread support for Labour’s nationalisation agenda and much less support for free enterprise.
Public opinion in the post-Brexit era—written by our Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott and co-authored with Populus’ James Kanagasooriam—paints an unvarnished picture of what the public think about enterprise, regulation, big business, banks, nationalisation, capitalism and socialism, suggesting that support for capitalism is in crisis. It suggests that economic attitudes in the country are further to the left than is widely appreciated, posing a challenge for those who have seen at first hand the power of competition, entrepreneurship and free trade to drive prosperity.
This report is the beginning of a new phase of work at the Legatum Institute. Having published reports on the Dutch, French and German elections this year, looking at right-wing populists such as Geert Wilders, Marine Le Pen and the Alternative für Deutschland, Matthew Elliott will now be looking more closely at left-wing populists. This research will not just cover Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, but also Bernie Sanders in the US, the GreenLeft in the Netherlands, Jean-Luc Mélenchon in France and The Left in Germany. Having witnessed the growing popularity of populist ideas, we intend to explore the reasons for these attitudes and identify what can be done—by opinion-formers, politicians and the public —to explain the case for free enterprise more effectively.
Read the paper here.
A brief guide to the German election: Merkel's coalition crossroads
Friday, 15 September 2017
In this report, published on the eve of the Bundestag election, we try to answer another relevant question: why has populism failed to take off in Germany? The extreme forces on both sides of the political spectrum have remained at the fringe, despite Germany facing the same forces of global change as its neighbours. We explore to what extent this is down to Angela Merkel’s leadership or historical and economic reasons.
Read the guide here.
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.
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.
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.