John Micklethwait is one of the world’s foremost authorities on globalisation — how it works and where it’s headed — and a leading proponent of its positive impact and potential. John is editor-in-chief of Bloomberg's financial news wire service. As editor-in_chief he oversees editorial content across all Bloomberg platforms, including its news, newsletters, magazines, opinion, television, radio and digital properties, as well as its research services, including Bloomberg Intelligence and Bloomberg Brief. He was editor-in-chief of The Economist, the world’s leading business and current affairs weekly. During his tenure, The Economist's weekly print circulation was about 1.5 million worldwide, with 100,000 digital subscribers. John is the co-author of the book The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State.
The age of big government is over; the age of smart government has begun.
As leaders everywhere around the world face a dual crisis of political legitimacy and political effectiveness, dysfunctional government has become a cliché — something most of us are resigned to. As John and his co-author Adrian Wooldridge argue, this is a seriously limited view. There have been three great revolutions in government in the history of the modern world. Now we’re in the midst of a fourth — and the West is in danger of being left behind.
Countries’ success depends overwhelmingly on their ability to reinvent the state.
Drawing on their extraordinary access to influential figures and forces the world over, John and Adrian give a global tour of the innovations in how effective government works. They examine the competing strategies that different governments are experimenting with. How will countries reform fundamental systems like healthcare? Which values will win — democracy and liberty, or command and control? It’s a global race to reinvent the state — and the stakes could not be higher.
John’s previous books include two books on globalisation: A Future Perfect: The Challenge and Promise of Globalization and Globalisation: Making Sense of an Integrating World. His book The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea, was named one of the ten best books of 2003 by BusinessWeek.
His other specialties include American business, culture, politics, and foreign and defense policy. He was head of The Economist’s U.S. section from 1999 to 2006.
His previous books with Adrian Wooldridge are The Right Nation: Conservative Power in America and the bestselling The Witch Doctors.
After studying history at Magdalen College, Oxford, John worked as a banker at Chase Manhattan. He joined The Economist in 1987 as a finance correspondent. He set up The Economist’s Los Angeles office, where he worked from 1990-1993 and served as its media correspondent. Since then, he’s edited the business section of the magazine, run the New York bureau, and, most recently, edited the United States section. He has covered business and politics from the United States, Latin America, Continental Europe, Southern Africa and most of Asia, and he’s written surveys for The Economist on California, business in Asia, Argentina, Silicon Valley, the United States, and the entertainment industry.
John has been named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) during the Queen’s Birthday Honors list. He is a winner of the Wincott Award, Britain’s leading prize for financial journalism and was named Editors' Editor of the Year at the British Society of Magazine Editors 2010 annual awards. He has appeared on television and radio throughout the world and written op-ed articles for the world’s premier print news journals. John is a trustee of the British Museum.
- Editor-in-chief, Bloomberg
- Former editor-in-chief, The Economist
- Co-author, The Fourth Revolution, The Right Nation, The Witch Doctors
- Author, A Future Perfect, Globalisation, The Company
- Trustee, the British Museum
- Editors' Editor of the Year 2010, British Society of Magazine Editors
- Voted Young Financial Journalist of the Year (1990), Harold Wincott Foundation
- Frequent broadcaster, appearing on CNN, ABC news, BBC, Charlie Rose, Today, Start the Week and NPR
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