Comparative European Politics

, Volume 11, Issue 6, pp 737–751 | Cite as

Austerity as ideology: A reply to my critics

  • Mark Blyth


In this reply to Peck, Jabko, Thompson and Streek I seek to highlight the importance of the idea of austerity as driving policy rather than the more material factors that they stress. In particular, I question whether political opportunism, bond market demands for austerity or the greater crisis of growth of the Western economies are really driving events.


austerity ideology growth bond markets political opportunism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Blyth
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  1. 1.Department of Political Science and The Watson Institute for International StudiesBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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