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on 6 April 2017
A great book which shows that Austerity as an economic answer is a Lie and cannot work except in very rare situations. How such nonsense ideas gain traction and keep coming back despite all the evidence is the broader subject of Mark Blyth's excellent book. His videos on the subject are also well worth watching. From now on Austerity should not be weakly resisted while the idea is apparently accepted..the idea is False ans should be actively and strongly argued as such both here in the UK and in Europe.
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on 21 May 2017
Mark is clearly very knowledgeable and extremely well read on the topic, because he has countless references and deeply explores the history from many angles. And he has a talkative writing style which makes the book feel very personal, to the point where you can almost read it in his distinct Scottish voice.

However his talkative style gets out of hand when he's being technical, because it can be very hard to follow, and you find yourself having to re read segments because your brain has almost given up on deciphering when you're reading
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on 8 November 2015
If you wish to understand why intelligent people and politicians prattle nonsense like 'we must live within our means' this is the book to read.
If you wish to understand how the costs of the lunacy known as the 2007/8 banking crisis are being distributed throughout modern democracies this is the book to read.
'Something is rotten in the state of Denmark/Britain/France/Germany/US...' as Shakespeare said with such foresight.
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on 9 October 2015
superb analysis of austerity. Written in a way that allows different readers to access different levels of detailed information. Worst it alone for the first chapter which gives an introductory (but not dumbed down) analysis of the financial crisis and its causes. Later chapters give specific analysis of the financial crash in different regions, going on to examine the history of austerity at different times. I'm a non-economist but am able to get a handle on some of detail through Blyth's clear writing style.
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on 12 February 2017
Very good account of an unpopular subject.
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on 15 April 2016
An alternative view on Public Financing that many ought to take seriously into consideration...
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on 27 August 2016
A must read.
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on 30 April 2015
good
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on 16 March 2017
A good over view of Austerity
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on 6 March 2016
Clear, objective and highly structured basis for a the strong views presented. A fundamental read for anyone trying to understand today's European economical / political context.
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