Irwin Stelzer

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Irwin Stelzer is a senior fellow and director of Hudson Institute’s Center for Economic Policy.

"Prior to joining Hudson Institute in 1998, Stelzer was resident scholar and director of regulatory policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. He also is the U.S. economic and political columnist for The Sunday Times (London) and The Courier Mail (Brisbane, Australia), a contributing editor of The Weekly Standard, a member of the Publication Committee of The Public Interest, and a member of the board of the Regulatory Policy Institute (Oxford)," a biographical note states."[1]

Writing in the UK Observer, David Smith described Stelzer as the "right-hand man of Rupert Murdoch and close confidant" of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.[2]

He has been credited with persuading Tony Blair to reverse his position on the proposed EU constitution in 2004 and come out in favour of a referendum, a charge which was seen as indicating the power of Murdoch's influence, and which Stelzer denied.[3] Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher and Michael Gove were among the contributors to Stelzer's 2004 book, Neoconservatism.[4]

He has been a managing director at Rothschild and is an alumnus of both New York University and Cornell.[5]

Media 'expert' appearances

  • BBC Newsnight, "expert" on the effects and prospects of oil price rises, first segment of the program on 7 November 2007.


References, Resources and Contact




  1. Hudson Institute, Irwin Stelzer Biography, Accessed 24-April-2009
  2. David Smith, Blair's salad days with Murdoch's guru, The Observer, 17-October-2004, Accessed 24-April-2009
  3. David Smith, 'It's crazy to think that I'd threaten Blair', The Observer, 17 October 2004.
  4. Neoconservatism: Irwin Stelzer,, accessed 27 May 2009.
  5. Hudson Institute, Irwin Stelzer Biography, Accessed 24-April-2009