Adrian Wooldridge in 2011
Adrian Wooldridge in 2011

Adrian Wooldridge is as of June 2021 the political editor and "Bagehot" columnist for The Economist newspaper.[1]

Wooldridge was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, where he studied modern history and was awarded a fellowship at All Souls College, also at Oxford University, where he received a doctorate in philosophy in 1985. From 1984 to 1985, he was also a Harkness Fellow, at the University of California at Berkeley.[2]

Until July 2009, he was The Economist's Washington Bureau chief and the "Lexington" columnist, and was formerly the "Schumpeter" columnist.[citation needed] The Bagehot column is described as "an analysis of British life and politics, in the tradition of Walter Bagehot".[3]


Co-wrote (with fellow Economist journalist John Micklethwait):


2017 Gerald Loeb Award for Commentary for "Creative Destruction: The Schumpeter Column"[5]


  1. ^ "Adrian Wooldridge". The Economist. Retrieved 19 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Speaker profile at Leigh Bureau". Archived from the original on 28 October 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2008.
  3. ^ "What can Britain today learn from Walter Bagehot?". The Economist. 3 January 2020. Retrieved 19 June 2021.
  4. ^ The Economist often changes the title of a print article when it is published online. This article is titled "To those that have" online.
  5. ^ "UCLA Anderson School of Management Announces 2017 Gerald Loeb Award Winners". UCLA Anderson School of Management. 27 June 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2019.