The Legatum Institute hosts Arthur Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute
Friday, 8 February 2019
On February 4th 2019, the Legatum Institute hosted Arthur Brooks where he spoke on the topic of 'Why Character Determines Success', as part of our Road to Character series.
Arthur Brooks is the outgoing President of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a US-based think tank. A professional musician turned prominent social scientist and economist, Dr Brooks is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and the bestselling author of 11 books. His upcoming film released later this year is The Pursuit.
The House of Lords debates the SMC's new measure of poverty for the UK
Tuesday, 22 January 2019
The Social Metrics Commission (SMC) was formed three years ago with the sole and express aim of delivering new poverty metrics for the UK. Speaking in the House of Lords on January 21st, Baroness Philippa Stroud presented to members the findings of the SMC's new poverty measure and challenged the Department of Work and Pensions to adopt the poverty measure as the U.K.'s official metric.
The video of Baroness Stroud's remarks can be viewed here.
The full House of Lords debate can be viewed here.
The full transcript of the debate can read here via Hansard.
Philippa Stroud in Reaction: How Britain can tackle poverty
Monday, 21 January 2019
We have no official measure of poverty in the UK. The government ceased to use its previous measure of poverty in 2016, and despite much debate on both the left and the right, a new measure has yet to be agreed. This should concern us all because it has become all too easy for successive governments to argue about the measurement of poverty, rather than delivering an effective strategy to tackle poverty. Meanwhile the very poorest in Britain – the bottom 20% – have seen no significant improvement in their life circumstances over the last two decades.
You can read the article in full here.
Our CEO gives evidence to Parliament's Work and Pensions Committee on the SMC's new measure of UK poverty
Wednesday, 16 January 2019
For too long, much of the political and policy debate on poverty has focussed on whether and how we should measure poverty, rather than the action needed to drive better outcomes for the most disadvantaged in our society.
In September 2018, the Social Metrics Commission (SMC) launched a new measure of poverty in the UK. Legatum Institute CEO and Chair of the SMC Philippa Stroud tells the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee why the new measure is the most authoritative measure of poverty in the UK today.
You can watch the evidence session here.
You can find out more about the work of the SMC here.
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.
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—£)
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.
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.
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.
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).
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)
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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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)
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)
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)
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.
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.)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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?
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.