Mark Blyth

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Mark McGann Blyth

Mark Blyth in 2013.jpg
Blyth in 2013
Born (1967-09-29) September 29, 1967 (age 51)
NationalityBritish (Scottish)
Alma materStrathclyde University
Columbia University
Known forGlobal Trumpism[1]
AwardsFinancial Times' 'Books of the Year 2013' for Austerity
Scientific career
FieldsPolitical economy
InstitutionsWatson Institute for International Studies and the Department of Political Science, Brown University
Thesis'Great Transformations: Economic Ideas and Political Change in the Twentieth Century' (1999)
Doctoral advisorsMark Kesselman[2], Hendrick Spruyt[3][4]
InfluencesJohn Maynard Keynes,Karl Polanyi,Michał Kalecki[5]

Mark McGann Blyth (born September 29, 1967)[6] is a British political scientist from Scotland and a professor of international political economy at Brown University.

Early life[edit]

Blyth grew up in Dundee, Scotland and was raised by his grandmother after his mother died shortly after child birth.[7] He played bass in rock bands and noted in an interview that "I was a musician from age 14 to 28. I've released five or six albums, but all with independent labels that never went anywhere. If they had, I wouldn't be here. I'd be lying on a beach with Heidi Klum."[8]

In 1991, Blyth received a Walker Bequest award from the University of Strathclyde and a Scottish International Educational Trust Award for Study in the United States. He eventually became a US citizen.[9]

Education and career[edit]

Blyth received a BA in Political Science from Strathclyde University in 1990. He went on to receive a MA in Political Science in 1993, an MPhil of Political Science in 1995 and a PhD in Political Science in 1999 from Columbia University in 1999.[10]

In 1997, Blyth joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins University as an assistant professor of political science. Between 2005 and 2009, he was an associate professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University.[11]

In 2009, Blyth became a professor of international political economy at Brown University's department of political science. Since 2014, he has been the Eastman Professor of Political Economy as part of a joint appointment at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies and the Department of Political Science.

Blyth is currently the William R. Rhodes '57 Professor of International Economics and Director of the Rhodes Center for International Economics and Finance at Brown University.[12]

He is best known for his critique of austerity, Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea, described by Salon and AlterNet as "necessary reading" and as simultaneously functioning as an economics explainer, a polemic, and a history book offering "insight into austerity’s lineage, its theories, its champions and its failures." Blyth characterized the argument advanced by austerity advocates as "a canard" and "complete horseshit."[13][14]

Using the term "Trumpism", Blyth argues that there are similar anti-establishment movements across the developed world.[15][16]



Year Status Name Publisher
2002 Writer Great Transformations: Economic Ideas and Institutional Change in the Twentieth Century Cambridge: Cambridge University Press[17] ISBN 978-0521811767
2009 Editor & Contributor Routledge Handbook of International Political Economy (IPE): IPE as a Global Conversation Edited by Mark Blyth Oxford: Routledge[18] ISBN 978-0415771269
2010 Editor & Contributor Constructing the International Economy Edited by Rawi Abdelal, Mark Blyth, and Craig Parsons Ithaca: Cornell University Press[19] ISBN 978-0-8014-7588-7
2012 Writer Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea Oxford: Oxford University Press[20] ISBN 978-0199389445
201? Writer Age of Disruption: How to Live Long and Prosper in an Angry World with Eric Lonergan "Books in Review and Under Construction"[21]
2013 Editor & Contributor The Transformation of Great American School Districts: How Big Cities Are Reshaping Public Education Edited by William Lowe Boyd, Charles Taylor Kerchner, and Mark Blyth Cambridge: Harvard Education Press[22] ISBN 978-1-891792-93-9
2015 Editor & Contributor The Future of The Euro Edited by Matthias Matthijs, and Mark Blyth Oxford: Oxford University Press[23] ISBN 978-0190233235
2015 Contributor Ranking the World: Grading States as a Tool of Global Governance Edited by Alexander Cooley, and Jack Snyder Cambridge: Cambridge University Press[24] ISBN 978-1107098138

Selected articles[edit]

A much more complete list can be found on Mark Blyth's CV.

Year Name Journal
2013 Austerity as ideology: A reply to my critics Comparative European Politics, Volume 11 - Issue 6[25]
2016 Ideas and Historical Institutionalism (with Oddny Helgadottir, and William Kring)[26] The Oxford Handbook of Historical Institutionalism Edited by Orfeo Fioretos, Tulia G. Falleti, and Adam Sheingate[26] ISBN 978-0199662814
2016 Policies to overcome stagnation: the crisis, and the possible futures, of all things euro European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies: Intervention, Volume 13 - Issue 2[27]
2017 Black Swans, Lame Ducks, and the mystery of IPE's missing macroeconomy (with Matthias Matthijs) Review of International Political Economy, Volume 24 - Issue 2[28]

Selected public interventions[edit]

Year Name Publication
2013 Print Less but Transfer More: Why Central Banks Should Give Money Directly to the People with Eric Lonergan Foreign Policy[29]
2016 To fix the economy, let's print money and mail it to everyone with Eric Lonergan Vox[30]


  1. ^ Blyth, Mark (2016-11-15). "Global Trumpism". Foreign Affairs. ISSN 0015-7120. Retrieved 2019-02-17.
  2. ^ "Mark J. Kesselman, Political Science, Columbia University". Retrieved 2019-02-17.
  3. ^ "Hendrik Spruyt, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University". Retrieved 2019-02-17.
  4. ^ Great Transformations, Acknowledgments, "Special thanks must go to the principal members of my dissertation committee at Columbia University, Mark Kesselman and Henrick Spruyt."
  5. ^ Also in his first book Great Transformations, Acknowledgements, "My dearest intellectual debts are, however, to Robin Varghese, Alex Cooley, Sven Steinmo, and Sheri Berman."
  6. ^ "Blyth, Mark, 1967-". Library of Congress Authorities. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Mark Blyth - Understanding the rise of populist politics in the West". Mark Blyth - Understanding the rise of populist politics in the West. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  8. ^ Nevils, Brooke (October 12, 2006). "Things I've learned: Prof. Mark Blyth". The Johns Hopkins News-Letter.
  9. ^ Schwartzapfel, Beth. "Capitalism With Airbags". Brown Alumni Magazine. Brown Alumni Magazine. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  10. ^ "BLYTH Mark McGann". World Who's Who. World Who's Who. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Happy Hour with Mark Blyth". Johns Hopkins Office of Alumni Relations. Johns Hopkins Office of Alumni Relations. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Researchers@Brown". Brown University. Brown University. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Blyth, Mark".
  14. ^ Austerity Is 'Complete Horsesh*t': Ivy League Prof Dismantles the Conservative Lie (Feb. 2015), and AlterNet. "Mark Blyth's new book explains the damaging consequences of austerity in Europe and the U.S."
  15. ^ Blyth, Mark; Blyth, Mark (15 November 2016). "Global Trumpism" – via
  16. ^ Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs (2016-09-29), Mark Blyth ─ Global Trumpism, retrieved 2019-02-17
  17. ^ "Great transformations economic ideas and institutional change twentieth century - Comparative politics". Cambridge University Press.
  18. ^ "Routledge Handbook of International Political Economy (IPE): IPE as a Global Conversation (Hardback) - Routledge". 6 February 2009.
  19. ^ Abdelal, Rawi; Blyth, Mark; Parsons, Craig, eds. (6 May 2010). "Constructing the International Economy". Cornell University Press – via Cornell University Press.
  20. ^ "Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea". Oxford University Press. 9 October 2018 – via Oxford University Press.
  21. ^ Blyth, Mark (20 December 2018). "Mark Blyth's CV (Brown University, December 2018)" (PDF). Brown University. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  22. ^ "The Transformation of Great American School Districts".
  23. ^ "The Future of the Euro". Oxford University Press. 2 April 2015 – via Oxford University Press.
  24. ^ Cooley, Alexander; Snyder, Jack, eds. (9 October 2018). "Ranking the World". Cambridge Core. doi:10.1017/CBO9781316161555.
  25. ^ Blyth, Mark (2013). "Austerity as ideology: A reply to my critics". Comparative European Politics. 11 (6): 737–751. doi:10.1057/cep.2013.25.
  26. ^ a b Fioretos, Karl Orfeo; Falleti, Tulia Gabriela; Sheingate, Adam D (2016). The Oxford Handbook of Historical Institutionalism. 1. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199662814.001.0001. ISBN 9780199662814.
  27. ^ Blyth, Mark (1 September 2016). "Policies to overcome stagnation: the crisis, and the possible futures, of all things euro". European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies: Intervention. 13 (2): 215–228. doi:10.4337/ejeep.2016.02.06.
  28. ^ Blyth, Mark; Matthijs, Matthias (2017). "Black Swans, Lame Ducks, and the mystery of IPE's missing macroeconomy". Review of International Political Economy. 24 (2): 203–231. doi:10.1080/09692290.2017.1308417.
  29. ^ Blyth, Mark; Lonergan, Eric (11 August 2014). "Print Less but Transfer More". Foreign Affairs.
  30. ^ Matthews, Dylan (2014-09-09). "To fix the economy, let's print money and mail it to everyone". Vox. Retrieved 2019-02-17.

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