Matthew Elliott says farewell to the Legatum Institute
Friday, 11 May 2018
When Philippa Stroud offered me a position as a Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute at the beginning of 2017, I had just finished the close down of Vote Leave. We had finalised the accounts, cleared out the campaign HQ and I was wondering what to do next.
How do you follow one of the most historic events of recent years?
What I wanted to do was to take stock of what had happened, and understand the wider international context to the Brexit vote. And Philippa was kind enough to give me a warm space and a friendly home to research, write and speak about the political change Britain and the world was experiencing.
Matthew Elliott says that the US must address declining social well being if it is to secure its long-term prosperity
Friday, 27 April 2018
With Emmanuel Macron’s official state visit to the US, Angela Merkel’s markedly more low-key trip to fend off a trade war with the EU, and the announcement that Donald Trump will visit the UK in July, relations between North America and the three key Western European powers has featured heavily in the news recently.
One of the most remarkable findings from our 2017 Prosperity Index was that North America had fallen behind Western Europe to become the second most prosperous region in the world, for the first time in the publication’s history. Prosperity in North America declined faster than in any other region in 2017, driven by weakening Social Capital, Personal Freedom and Safety and Security.
Read more here.
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.
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?
How Rodrigo Duterte Cast Himself as an Agent of Change
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
The great forces that move history often have their origins at a much lower level. And some of them were visible last week on a cellphone in Manila, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)
Fact-Checking in a Post-Factual World
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
The latest 1675 Club event explored key questions around the role of fact-checking in this increasingly uncertain political landscape.
Has Europe Found an Antidote to Authoritarianism?
Friday, 14 October 2016
It’s too early to crow about a “liberal wave,” let alone an international movement that deserves real attention. But a political realignment is taking place, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)
Is Moscow Really Working To Put Donald Trump In The White House?
Thursday, 28 July 2016
There has been much debate and speculation regarding the connection between Russia, Trump and the Presidential election. As the debate gathers momentum we must remember writes Anne Applebaumm, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute, that ‘‘the tycoon has plenty of shady Russian connections.’’
Why We Need a President Clinton
Thursday, 28 July 2016
America needs President Clinton if it is to maintain the alliances that preserve international peace and maintain its power, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)
Russia Does Its Best to Elect President Trump
Monday, 25 July 2016
The motives behind the WikiLeak emails scandal that has engulfed the Democratic Party during their Convention may have more sinister ulterior motives that point to a coordinated attempt by the Kremlin to influence the US election, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (National Post)
That ’70’s Chaos Show All Over Again
Wednesday, 20 July 2016
The parallels between the populist themes of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump and the rise of anti-EU feeling in the UK as well as across Europe is striking and must be recognised if we are to do anything to address it, writes Christian Caryl, Legatum Institute Senior Fellow and editor of Democracy Lab (Politico)
The Real Damage Done by Melania Trump’s Speech
Wednesday, 20 July 2016
Following Donald Trump’s wife Melania Trump’s blatant plagiarism of a speech by Michelle Obama at the Republican National Convention, it not only caused great damage to Trump’s personal reputation and image but also did nothing to dispel the stereotypes surrounding Melania and her convictions, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)
How a Trump Presidency Could Destabilise Europe
Wednesday, 20 July 2016
Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is already achieving key objectives for the Russian government in the Kremlin and has the potential to destabilise the entire European region, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)