A Blueprint for UK Trade Policy
Wednesday, 26 April 2017
In this paper, Legatum Institute's Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies and chair of our Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham sets out a blueprint for pursuing trade policy after Brexit.
Read the full report here.
Brexit: World Trade Organisation Process and Negotiation of Free Trade Agreements
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
Legatum Institute's Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies and chair of our Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham writes about best practice for the U.K. to negotiate Free Trade Agreements following Brexit in this short paper, Brexit: World Trade Organisation Process and Negotiation of Free Trade Agreements.
Special Trade Commission: Brexit, Movement of Goods and the Supply Chain
Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Legatum Institute Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies, Shanker Singham and Senior Counsel for the Special Trade Commission, Victoria Hewson author a new Legatum Institute paper that looks at the trade opportunities for the U.K. resulting from Brexit.
Special Trade Commission: Cost of EEA Membership for UK Briefing
Monday, 7 November 2016
While there has been much speculation as to the cost of the UK leaving the Customs Union and European Single Market, little thought has been put into the cost associated with remaining in the Customs Union or Single Market in lost opportunities to sign trade deals with other countries. This paper looks at the opportunity costs, and what could be achieved if the UK were able to sign a deal for a Prosperity Zone including like-minded countries, coalesced around the fundamental ideas of open trade, competition on the merits and property rights protection.
Special Trade Commission: Financial Services Briefing
Monday, 31 October 2016
One of the major issues in the forthcoming process of the UK leaving the EU is the area of the negotiations that relate to financial services. This policy paper, produced by the Legatum Institute's 'Special Trade Commission', makes essential recommendations for how to negotiate deals that will enable a thriving and prosperous sector, post-Brexit.
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—£)
Why Patriotic England Can’t See Outside Itself
Friday, 17 June 2016
The paradox of Britain becoming utterly globalised—and more insulated, writes Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Politico)
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.
Britain’s Trade Future in Question if Brexit Happens?
Tuesday, 7 June 2016
Obama has warned that Britain will lose its preferred position at the TTIP negotiating table if it leaves the EU. But that's not how trade deals are done, argues Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (Voice of America)
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).
I'm No Fan of Obama. But on Brexit, He Does Speak for America
Saturday, 23 April 2016
In Washington, the opposition to a British withdrawal from the European Union is deep, broad and bipartisan, shared by liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans alike writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (The Spectator)
Great Britain’s Role in the World
Wednesday, 20 April 2016
The dawning realisation that Britain has never, and will never commit to political union, means that regardless of what happens in the Brexit referendum, Britain is on a path to an alternative 'landing zone', writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (CapX)
Brexit Implications for UK Business
Wednesday, 20 April 2016
As part of the Legatum Institute’s Business Forum
, Hugo Dixon
, International New York Times columnist and Chairman of pro-EU campaign initiative InFacts, discussed the likely consequences of ‘Brexit’, making the case for continued UK membership of the European Union.
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?
Friday, 6 March 2015
Suddenly, Great Britain is disappearing from the world stage, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum in her latest Washington Postcolumn.
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.
A Way to Save Up to 14 Per Cent of the NHS Budget
Sunday, 1 February 2015
Many solutions require political will which is simply absent. But here’s one innovative approach which could at least buy more breathing space, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute (ConservativeHome)
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.
The Future of the Union
Monday, 10 November 2014
In the wake of the Scottish referendum on 18 September 2014, which saw a small but decisive majority vote to stay in the Union, the Prime Minister asked Lord Smith of Kelvin to chair a commission on the future government of Scotland. This pamphlet, published by the Legatum Institute, offers a selection of short essays examining the passage of future legislation in the Westminster Parliament.
A Good Society that Just Goes on Giving
Monday, 3 November 2014
Cruel Britannia is a figment of the Left’s imagination—we are a very generous people, writes Cristina Odone, Director of Communications at the Legatum Institute (The Daily Telegraph).
2014 Legatum Prosperity Index™
Monday, 3 November 2014
Now in its eighth year, the Legatum Prosperity Index™ is a unique and robust assessment of global wealth and wellbeing, which benchmarks 142 countries around the world in eight distinct sub-indices: Economy; Education; Entrepreneurship & Opportunity; Governance; Health; Personal Freedom; Safety & Security; and Social Capital.
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.
Why Won’t Boris Stand Up to the Screw You School of Architecture?
Monday, 13 October 2014
The question isn't whether one is for development, but rather what development is for, writes Peter Franklin for ConservativeHome when discussing the Legatum Institute and Create Streets' latest Architecture of Prosperity report.
Must These Ghastly Slabs Be Boris's Legacy to London?
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
The Legatum Institute and Create Streets alternative to the redevelopment of the former Royal Mail site in London is "seriously visionary", writes Simon Jenkins in the Evening Standard. So why isn't Boris listening?
The Empire is Dead: Long Live its Spirit
Saturday, 4 October 2014
Private enterprise, not the state, drove eighteenth century British prosperity and can do so again, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute (ConservativeHome)
Mount Pleasant is a Test for Boris—Can He Beat the System?
Thursday, 2 October 2014
In an article for ConservativeHome, Director of Create Streets and author of a new Legatum Institute paper, Nicholas Boys Smith, urges the Mayor of London to make "the right call" on the planned redevelopment of the Royal Mail Mount Pleasant Sorting Office in London.
Mount Pleasant Circus and Fleet Valley Gardens
Friday, 26 September 2014
What should a city look like? The Legatum Institute and Create Streets have published a research paper in response to the planned redevelopment of the Mount Pleasant site in Clerkenwell, one of the very few large open spaces left in central London.
The Lesson of John Key’s Victory: Keep the Faith
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
With a third election victory under his belt, Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute, explains why the New Zealand Prime Minister's latest success offers hope for Tories—and it's all about determination and strong values (ConservativeHome)
Scotland Sends Europe’s Elites a Warning
Friday, 19 September 2014
Expect more political earthquakes across Europe, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum, at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)
Suburbia's Secret Slaves
Friday, 19 September 2014
Even the smartest neighbourhoods can hide victims of domestic slavery, writes Cristina Odone, Director of Communications at the Legatum Institute (Daily Telegraph)
The Secrets of London's Athenian Golden Age
Wednesday, 10 September 2014
Democracy and competition—the spirit of the best of ancient Greece—are what make my city great. An abridged version of Boris Johnson's lecture for the Legatum Institute on the ancient civilisations of BC Athens (Spectator)
Boris Johnson On London’s Athenian Legacy—And Why It Is Under Threat
Tuesday, 2 September 2014
LONDON—Boris Johnson says London boasts the same political culture of freedom, tolerance, and intellectual experimentation enjoyed in 5th century Athens. But the capital city’s mayor urges Londoners and Britons to guard against “illiberal democracy” which threatens these Athenian virtues.
UK Stalls on Supply Chain Slavery
Monday, 1 September 2014
Two hundred years ago Britain led the global abolitionist movement by example. Today, however, the UK would rather wait for Europe to twist its arm, writes Michael Pollitt, Research Intern at the Legatum Institute (Ethical Corporation online)
During an Unexpected Boom in the Industry, David Cameron is Fumbling on Slavery
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
As slavery all over the world is more prolific and lucrative than ever, a new British abolitionist movement is beginning. Just like 200 years ago, however, it is encountering “dark forces” at the top, writes Michael Pollitt, Research Intern at the Legatum Institute (New Statesman)
Monday, 16 June 2014
The 2013 Legatum Prosperity Index finds that, at least in some European countries, entrepreneurship is flourishing. Nine of the top ten countries on the Entrepreneurship and Opportunity sub-index are European, with the continent holding the first nine slots on the sub-index (Hong Kong takes the 10th).
Thursday, 22 May 2014
Democratic governance is about more than calling elections and it is about more than casting votes. Democratic governance encompasses a wider landscape of rights including factors such as the rule of law, freedom of expression, accountability of institutions and transparency of elected leaders. And when it comes to elections, it also includes the freedom to vote for your preferred candidate without fear of recrimination from the state.
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.
Poseidon Politics: The Battle For 2015
Wednesday, 7 May 2014
With just one year to go until the UK General Election in 2015, thought has inevitably turned to the deciding factors—from the economic recovery to Ed Miliband’s electability. Truthfully these factors are unlikely to have an impact on who forms a majority, only how big that majority is. The election outcome has largely been decided by institutional factors that make it Ed Miliband’s to lose, not David Cameron’s.
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.
Why Osborne Should Now Axe Tax Relief on Pensions
Friday, 21 March 2014
This week Osborne reached first base with his proposal to make Isas more flexible and to give people more control over how they use their pensions. But he didn't complete the home run, explains Legatum Institute Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies, Graeme Leach (City A.M.)
Wellbeing and Policy
Thursday, 20 March 2014
As part of a year-long commission, the 'Wellbeing and Policy' report seeks to illustrate the strengths and limitations of wellbeing analysis and provides original and authoritative guidance on the implications for public policy.
The Small State Game Changer: We Can Transform Britain Forever in Four Stages
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
How do you fashion a small state when there’s a huge deficit and a majority of the political and media class howl at the mere suggestion of less public spending? Legatum Institute Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies, Graeme Leach, outlines four key strategies (City A.M.)
2013 Legatum Prosperity Index™: Global Prosperity Rising While US and UK Economies Decline
Monday, 28 October 2013
The 2013 Legatum Prosperity Index™, which ranks nations according to extensive wealth and wellbeing factors, reveals that global prosperity has risen over the past five years, largely due to improvements in entrepreneurship, health and education. However, the US and UK are both facing economic decline, dropping four and two places respectively for their performance in this sub-index.
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 (Report)
Wednesday, 9 January 2013
In 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.
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.
Gus O'Donnell to Chair Legatum Institute Commission on Wellbeing Policy
Monday, 23 July 2012
LONDON—The Legatum Institute is establishing a high-level Commission to examine the policy implications of wellbeing research. The Commission on Wellbeing Policy will be chaired by Gus O'Donnell who, until late 2011, was the UK Cabinet Secretary, the highest-ranking official in the Civil Service.
Wednesday, 30 May 2012
In City Journal, Dalibor Rohac and Hemal Shah, researchers at the Legatum Institute in London, investigate the unreasonable economics of the London Olympics.
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.
The Broken Ladder
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
This is a major international study of how increasing urbanisation in the world is affecting the prospect of upward mobility for ordinary families and individuals. The study focuses on the key social and economic developments in three major global cities: London, Mexico City, and Mumbai.