Mark Blyth

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Mark Blyth
Mark Blyth in 2013.jpg
Born 1967 (age 50–51)
Dundee, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Alma mater Strathclyde University
Columbia University
Scientific career
Fields Political economy

Mark Blyth (born 1967) is a British political scientist from Scotland and a professor of international political economy at Brown University.

Early life and education[edit]

Blyth grew up in Dundee, Scotland and was raised by his grandmother after his mother died shortly after child birth.[1] He received a BA in Political Science from Strathclyde University in 1990 and a PhD in political science from Columbia University in 1999.


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."[2][3]

Using the term "Trumpism", Blyth argues that there are similar anti-establishment movements in the developed world.[4][5]


Year Name Publisher
2002 Great Transformations: Economic Ideas and Institutional Change in the Twentieth Century Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
2012 Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea Oxford: Oxford University Press
2015 The Future of The Euro: Edited by Matthias Matthijs and Mark Blyth Oxford: Oxford University Press


  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ "Blyth, Mark". 
  3. ^ 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."
  4. ^ Blyth, Mark; Blyth, Mark (15 November 2016). "Global Trumpism" – via 
  5. ^ |accessdate=16 Dec 2017

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