Readership: General readers interested in economics, international trade, and current political and economic policy trends.
Mark Blyth, Professor of Political Economy, Brown University
Mark Blyth is Professor of International Political Economy at Brown University. His books include Great Transformations: Economic Ideas and Institutional Change in the Twentieth Century.
"[a] timely, authoritative account." - Peter Geoghegan, Sunday Business Post
"[a] fascinating account ... among the best and most clear-sighted that I have read on the matter." - The Crack
"[C]lear, simple, and occasionally humorous ... It's a pity the two Eds didn't read this book before they announced that 'we're all Austerians now.'" - Austin Mitchell, The House Magazine
"[A]n excellent new book by Mark Blyth" - The Guardian
"Blyth writes in the tradition of Keynes, slashing away at orthodoxy and the orthodox, emphasising the power of ideas as well as interests in shaping outcomes, ranging widely over the history of economic and political
thought, expressing deep scepticism about financial actors, and rejecting the curtailment of spending as the solution to a period of excess." - Lawrence Summers, Financial Times
"Austerity: The History of Dangerous Ideas is a masterful combination of economic history and intellectual history that puts the current policy debate into a balanced and sophisticated perspective. Anyone who wants to understand what is going on in the world at the moment should read it. Right away." - Ha-Joon Chang, Irish Times
"Austerity is an economic policy strategy, but is also an ideology and an approach to economic management freighted with politics. In this book Mark Blyth uncovers these successive strata. In doing so he wields his spade in a way that
shows no patience for fools and foolishness." - Barry Eichengreen, Professor of Economics and Political Science University of California, Berkeley, author of 'Exorbitant Privilege'