In the wake of the EU referendum, James O’Shaughnessy and Philippa Stroud, peers both, wrote on this site about the “48:52 Project – Healing a Divided Britain”, which “aims to build an understanding about why people voted the way they did in the referendum, drawing on the CSJ’s unique poverty fighting alliance and the analytical power of the Legatum Prosperity Index”.
Stroud was then Chief Executive of the Centre for Social Justice. Now news comes that the former Special Adviser to Iain Duncan Smith (who therefore by definition had a shaping hand in the Coalition’s welfare reforms) is to become Chief Executive at Legatum. She says that with her new team she intends to “cement the Legatum Institute’s reputation as a world class center for metrics and empirical research on what drives and restrains flourishing societies” – which reflects her special interest in mapping the effects of Government policy and other changes on the condition and life chances of poorer people.
However, she is apparently to stay on the board of the CSJ, where Duncan Smith is very much back in the saddle, and the two think-tanks will continue to co-operate on the 48: 52 project. Legatum is well-funded but has lacked focus, with the exception of that well-known Prosperity Index. The CSJ has had more focus, but not been so well funded. So there is an overlap of interest here, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see more to come.