Based in London, the Legatum
Institute (LI) is an independent non-partisan public policy organisation
whose research, publications, and programmes advance ideas and policies in
support of free and prosperous societies around the world.
At a time when democratic capitalism is on trial in many
places around the world, we have a vision of a more prosperous world based on
greater economic and political liberty balanced with personal and institutional
responsibility. And as we are bearing witness to historic political changes in
the Arab world and beyond, we are dedicated to the study of political and
economic transitions and the promotion of open economies and democracy.
In an era of hyper-specialisation, our approach is a
different one. We seek to lift ourselves out of our silos to think broadly
about big issues of the day by engaging with gifted thinkers and practitioners
from across disciplines. We strive to explore the foundations of prosperity
though the lens of politics, economics, culture, and philosophy, and we believe
that studying the past is crucial if we are to think sensibly about the future.
We advocate a humble and self-critical approach. Ideas and
arguments need to be in a constant state of testing, sharpening, and
adaptation. If capitalism is moral, then capitalists must act ethically, with
wisdom and restraint. If limited government and free enterprise are keys to
prosperity, then a vibrant civil society is essential, and each of us as
individuals has a responsibility to serve others and our communities.
LI’s signature annual publication is the Legatum Prosperity Index™, a unique global
assessment of national prosperity based on both wealth and wellbeing. LI is the
co-publisher of Democracy
Lab, a journalistic joint-venture with Foreign Policy magazine
dedicated to covering political and economic transitions around the world.
The Legatum Institute is based in London and an independent
member of the Legatum Group, a private investment group with a 25 year heritage
of global investment, allocating proprietary capital to businesses and to
programmes that promote sustainable human development.
The Legatum Institute is headed by CEO Dr. Jeffrey Gedmin,
who most recently served as President and CEO of Radio Free Europe/Radio
Liberty. Dr. Gedmin is supported by Anne Applebaum, the Director of Political
Please visit the Legatum Institute website at www.li.com for further information:
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