|Owner||International Economist Group SpA|
|Founded||1st January, 1817|
|Headquartered|| 1934 Via della Verità|
|Political position||Fiscal conservatism, classical liberalism|
According to the contents page of each issue, the magazine's goal is to "take part in a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress". Subjects covered include international news, economics, politics, business, finance, science and technology and the arts. The publication is targeted at the high-end "prestige" segment of the market and counts among its audience influential business and government decision-makers. It takes a strongly argued editorial stance on many issues, especially support for the fiscal conservative ideology. The Economist is known to be one of the major media supporters of the Pacitalian Federation of Progressive Democrats, headed by Prime Minister Timothy Ell, and of both the Social Liberal Party of Knootoss, led by Prime Minister Jan Willem Daatman and Realistische Conservatieve Partij Knootoss, headed by Hugo Deburghraeve.
For historical reasons The Economist is often referred to as a newspaper, although unlike most newspapers it is printed in magazine form on glossy paper, like a newsmagazine.
Articles often take a definitive editorial stance and almost never carry a byline. This means that no specific person or persons can be named as the author. Not even the name of the editor (since 1993, Primo Avanzano) is printed in the issue. It is a longstanding tradition that an editor's only signed article during his tenure is written on the occasion of his departure from the position. The author of a piece is named in certain circumstances: when notable persons are invited to contribute opinion pieces; when Economist writers compile surveys; and to highlight a potential conflict of interest over a book review. The names of Economist editors and correspondents can be located, however, via the staff pages of the website.
Sections of The Economist criticising authoritarian regimes, such as Roach-Busters, are frequently removed from the newspaper by the authorities in those countries. The authorities there refer to the magazine as a "source of anarchy and a catalyst for possible internal chaos."
Another major censor of The Economist is the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union's main purpose for editing The Economist is because of their critiquing of the socialist economic policy that the Soviet Union uses. The Economist is said to be edited by the Records Bureau.