The Stevenson Trust for Citizenship and the School of Social and Political Science
The 2015 Politics Mackenzie Lecture
Austerity and the Politics of Money: A Disconsolate Analysis
Eastman Professor of Political Economy, Brown University
Mark Blyth is Eastman Professor of Political Economy and Faculty Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University in the United States. He grew up in Dundee and later received his PhD at Columbia University. He is based in political science but his research borrows from multiple fields; he is particularly interested in how uncertainty and randomness affect complex systems, and why people continue to believe particular economic ideas despite a wealth of evidence to the contrary. He is the author of several books including Great Transformations: Economic Ideas and Institutional Change in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge University Press 2002), and most recently, Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea (Oxford University Press 2013), which questions the return to prominence of financial orthodoxy following the global financial crisis and was a Financial Times Book of the Year.
Monday March 23rd 6.00-7.30 pm
Sir Charles Wilson Building
The event is free and open to all members of staff and students of the University and to the general public.