With more than half of its 1.3 million subscribers in the United States, The Economist represents and influences the economic and sociopolitical views and interests of American corporations and executives as part of an Anglo-American, free-market business tradition. The neoliberal perspective it espouses has come to penetrate the greater part of globalized commercial operations and thinking.
Since its nineteenth century inception, The Economist has been located in London. Over the course of the twentieth century, however, as New York City replaced London as the world financial center, the
Founded in 1843 by the Scottish free-trade advocate James Wilson, it initially appeared as The Economist: A Political, Commercial, Agricultural, and Free-Trade Journal. In 1861, famed economist and constitutional scholar James
The magazine’s focus has primarily been business, finance, and politics, but its subject matter has grown to include science, technology, and the arts. Printed each week on Thursdays, it appears simultaneously around the world in numerous regional editions and is available online. News items incorporate robust editorial viewpoints. Articles usually appear without a byline and bear a uniform writing style known for its taut economy and ironic wit. These qualities contribute to the stylish, cosmopolitan appeal The Economist holds for its globalized executive readership.
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