Mark Blyth

Mark Blyth is the Eastman professor of Political Economy at the Watson Institute for International Studies and Brown University. His 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, and Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea (Oxford University Press 2013) that questions the return to prominence of financial orthodoxy following the global financial crisis. His writings have appeared in such places as the Review of International Political Economy, the Journal of Evolutionary Economics, the American Political Science Review, and Foreign Affairs. He has consulted for a variety of private and governmental organizations.