The think tanks will come together to produce a roadmap for the next prime minister which is aimed at uniting the country and ensuring that all Britons have the chance to move from poverty to prosperity.

The ’48:52’ project, which will feature prominent authors from both organisations, including Tim Montgomerie, Philippa Stroud and James O'Shaughnessy, and will be published in advance of the new prime minister being appointed in early September.

The think tanks will combine their policy expertise in promoting prosperity and alleviating poverty to provide policy solutions that will help the next government bridge the gap between people who are benefiting from a more globally connected world and those who fear for their, and their children’s, future.

Specifically, the report will seek to:

  • Provide a quantitative and qualitative analysis of what the vote to leave the EU told us about the state of the nation;
  • Explain the opportunities and risks facing a post Brexit Britain;
  • Produce totemic policy ideas for the next Prime Minister to help people move from poverty to prosperity.

Philippa Stroud, Executive Director of the Centre for Social Justice, commented:

“The EU referendum has exposed deep divides in our nation between old and young, urban and rural, rich and poor, north and south.
“The first task now is to learn the lessons from the Brexit vote. So we will produce an unparalleled analysis of why various sections of society voted the way they did.
“By doing this, we can better understand the lives of those people on both sides of the Brexit divide: their financial circumstances, priorities, values, hopes and fears.
“We know that 52 per cent of the population voted against the status quo. Many of these have not voted in elections for years, but saw this as a chance to have their voice heard.
“This is a wake-up call for the government to act now to mend the social rifts before it is too late."

James O'Shaughnessy, Senior Fellow of the Legatum Institute, commented:

“The Brexit vote showed that the majority of British people are unhappy with the status quo. Too many people felt that the economic benefits of being part of the EU had passed them by, and the reaction of those who voted to remain has only underlined their lack of understanding of the hopes and fears of those who voted to leave.
“Unless politicians and policymakers develop a genuine understanding of the lives of those who are being failed by the current system then we have no hope of building a united and prosperous society founded on wealth generation for all, social wellbeing, good governance, and civic virtue.”


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About The Centre for Social Justice
The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) is an independent think tank established in 2004 to put social justice at the heart of British politics. In June 2013, the CSJ was awarded UK Social Policy Think Tank of the Year at Prospect magazine’s Think Tank Awards.

Last year the CSJ published Breakthrough Britain 2015, which set out almost 200 evidence-based policy recommendations to tackle poverty in the UK. This included solutions to worklessness, educational failure, addiction, family breakdown and problem debt.

The CSJ has published dozens of seminal papers which have shaped government policies, including Dynamic Benefits, which has led the Coalition’ welfare reforms. Further to this, the CSJ manages an Alliance of over 300 of the most effective grass roots, poverty-fighting organisations. The CSJ is able to draw upon the expertise and experience of Alliance charities for research work and media inquiries. Journalists wishing to conduct grass-roots research into social problems can be put in touch with front-line charity directors and staff.

About Baroness Stroud
Baroness Stroud of Fulham (Philippa Stroud), was an original founder of the CSJ in 2004. Philippa Stroud served as Director from 2004-2010, before leaving to become Special Advisor to Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP (Secretary of State for Work and Pensions) in Government from 2010-2015. Philippa Stroud was ennobled by the Prime Minister after the 2015 General Election and became Baroness Stroud of Fulham and a Conservative Peer in the House of Lords. Baroness Stroud re-joined the CSJ in October 2015 as Chief Executive.

About the Legatum Institute

The Legatum Institute seeks to identify the drivers of prosperity, which we define as both wealth and wellbeing. Our signature product is the Legatum Prosperity Index™, a unique global assessment of national prosperity that assesses 142 countries and is an essential tool for governments across the globe. For more information please go to and

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