All politics is local: strengthening communities, transforming people's lives
Tuesday, 17 July 2018
We are facing a moment of profound change, which demands a more coherent look at our governance and a better approach to empowering individuals and communities, who we believe should be at the heart of politics.
However, centrally-mandated policies are delivering public services with little input from local communities. Just as they can send signals through market mechanisms in the private sector, people want choices in public service delivery in order to feel in charge of their lives and have a say on how their taxes are spent. This matters because prosperity results from good governance. And good governance requires legitimacy, accountability, transparency, and responsiveness.
For democracy to work, individuals need to have confidence that government decisions are made because they are good for them and their communities. Most of our lives are spent as part of communities, which show their strength by being resilient and adaptable. Empowering people is at the heart of strengthening communities and society.
Read the report here.
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)
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)
May’s 48/52 Challenge
Friday, 15 July 2016
The newly announced “48:52” project from the Legatum Institute and the Centre for Social Justice will seek to analyse why people made the choice they did in the EU Referendum and heal the divisions caused by it, as laid out by Lord James O’Shaughnessy, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute and Baroness Stroud, Executive Director at the Centre for Social Justice (Conservative Home)
New Cabinet May Signal Britain’s Retreat as A Western Power
Thursday, 14 July 2016
Prime Minister’s choice of Cabinet members such as Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary reflect the country’s retreat as a powerful Western nation, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute.
‘Mommy Wars’ Enters Britain’s Political Arena
Tuesday, 12 July 2016
The use of her children by Andrea Leadsom in the Conservative leadership race against Theresa May marked a new low for British politics, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)
Orlando, Jo Cox and the Deadly Ideas that Shape Our World
Friday, 17 June 2016
Over the past week, two men have committed murder in highly charged circumstances. Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute, asks whether the killers’ actions are the result of personality disorders, political motivation, or both? (Washington Post)
Fact-Checking in a ‘Post-Fact World’
Thursday, 19 May 2016
The nature of information in the social media age means it keeps getting easier for politicians, partisans, computerised “bots” and foreign governments to manipulate news, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)
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).
Putting Beauty into the Politics of Prosperity
Tuesday, 3 May 2016
The Legatum Institute hosted a discussion with Fiona Reynolds, to launch her new book, 'The Fight for Beauty', which makes the case for beauty as a very real, human need rather than an idealistic or elitist aesthetic. She was joined by Oliver Letwin, MP for West Dorset and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.
Europe’s New Right Sounds Like the Old Left
Wednesday, 27 January 2016
Nationalist parties are winning votes by adopting ‘leftwing’ ideas, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Financial Times)
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)
Women: Beware Socialists Bearing Gifts!
Monday, 28 September 2015
When it comes to women and the Left, the story is one of turbulence rather than harmony, 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)
It’s the Greek Politics, Stupid
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
The Greek crisis is a political mess that threatens all of Europe, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)
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.
The End of Britain As We Know It
Sunday, 10 May 2015
David Cameron’s re-election could mark the start of internal upheaval, 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.
What is the Future of Russia's Opposition?
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
Leonid Volkov, a member of Russia's Central Council of the Party of Progress, gave an insider's perspective on the future of the Russian Opposition within the context of today’s challenges and in the lead up to the 2016 Parliamentary elections.
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?
Building Coalitions for Reform in Brazil
Thursday, 26 February 2015
In the latest 'Transitions Lecture Series' paper, author Marcus Melo, Professor of Political Science, Federal University of Pernambuc, examines how reform was pursued in post-authoritarian Brazil and what can be expected of today's post-election scenario.