Adrian Wooldridge (born November 11, 1959) is the Management Editor and, since 1 April 2017, the ‘Bagehot’ columnist for The Economist newspaper. He was formerly the ‘Schumpeter’ columnist. Until July 2009 he was The Economist’s Washington Bureau Chief and the ‘Lexington’ columnist.

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.

Books in order of publication:

Measuring the Mind: Education and Psychology in England, c. 1860-c. 1990 – 1994

Masters of Management: How the Business Gurus and Their Ideas Have Changed the World—for Better and for Worse – 2011

The Great Disruption: How Business is Coping with Turbulent Times – 2015

Capitalism in America: A History – 2018

The Wake-Up Call: Why the Pandemic Has Exposed the Weakness of the West, and How to Fix It – 2020

The Aristocracy of Talent: How Meritocracy Made the Modern World – 2021