Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Mark Blyth

Mark Blyth

Mark Blyth

Eastman Professor of Political Economy
Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

Biography

Mark Blyth is a political economist whose research focuses upon how uncertainty and randomness impact complex systems, particularly economic systems, and why people continue to believe stupid economic ideas despite buckets 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: Cambridge University Press 2002, Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea (Oxford University Press 2013, and The Future of the Euro (with Matthias Matthijs) (Oxford University Press 2015)

Research

Currently trying to stop talking about the macroeconomics of austerity but bad ideas never seem to go out of fashion so it's hard to stop. New projects on economic knowledge as a macro-structural property rather than as an individual property; why the Baby-Boomers constitute a threat to future prosperity and political stability; and why long and low inflation rates and interest rates are here to stay for much longer than we think.

Publications

“Capitalism in Crisis: What Went Wrong and What Comes Next” Foreign Affairs, Summer 2016

“Ideas and Historical Institutionalism.” Contribution to the Oxford Handbook of Historical Institutionalism (New York: Oxford University Press 2016) With Oddny Helgadottir and William Kring.

“The New Ideas Scholarship in the Mirror of Historical Institutionalism: A Case of Old Whines in New Bottles?” European Journal of Public Policy, December 2015.  

“Just Who Put You in Charge? We Did: Credit Rating Agencies and the Politics of Ratings,” chapter for Alexander Cooley (ed.), Rankings and Ratings Organizations and Global Governance (Cambridge University Press 2015) (with Rawi Abdelal).

Matthias Matthijs and Mark Blyth (eds.), The Future of the Euro (New York: Oxford University Press 2015).

Teaching

Spring 2016 PLCY 2235 – The Political Economy of Hard Policy Problems

Spring 2016 POLS 1415 – Classics of Political Economy

Fall 2016 POLS – Money and Power in the International Political Economy

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