Political Economist & Author
Noted author, professor and expert on global politics and economics, Dr. Blyth regularly speaks to diverse global audiences including financial institutions, multi-national corporations, associations, governments and literary festivals. In addition to keynote speeches, he is a sought after moderator and live interviewer for notable figures such as Tony Blair, Gerhard Schroeder, and the ex-Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis. Blyth distinguishes himself on the speaking circuit with an ability to break down complex, financial and political issues with clarity and sharp Scottish wit. He predicted the Brexit vote, Trump’s election and Italy’s referendum well before most pundits. Read More >
Why Do People Continue to Believe Stupid Economic Ideas?
Short-Term Politics vs. Long-Term Returns: Lessons From History
How Does Tech Fit Into the Long and Low Economy?
On the Brexit Vote
Talks at Google: Austerity - The History of a Dangerous Idea
George Bernard Shaw: The Importance of Narrative in Politics and Economics Culture
Are there a higher set of drivers in the global economy than we commonly pay attention to? Is the election of Donald Trump really just one part of a much larger, global pattern of events that is still unfolding and will affect us for years to come? Mark Blyth, the political economist that identified the phenomenon of “Global Trumpism,” shares powerful insights that will forever change your outlook on both global politics and world markets. Noted for predicting both Brexit and the election of Donald Trump months before they happened, Blyth walks you through the disparate dynamics in both the U.S. and Europe that will forever alter politics as usual and send shockwaves through the global economy. Stating that Trump is not unique and that Global Trumpism was 30 years in the making, Dr. Blyth points out the other “Trumpets” scattered throughout the world (including the left wing versions). He also tells you what this shift of power means to financial markets, the fate of the EU, and the political and economic climate in the U.S. His straight-talking, no-holds-barred and frequently entertaining analysis tells it like it is—with powerful predictions of what’s to come.
Questions of EU reform remain stuck at the level of macroeconomics (more fiscal, less money), regulation (more banking union and more capital markets), and legitimacy (enhancing the Parliament, more responsiveness). This may be a case of the French Generals fighting the last war. Blyth explains that if Brexit was essentially the working classes of the UK giving their establishment the proverbial two-fingers, then the area that needs the most attention is the national politics that underlies the EU’s supra-nationalism. Therefore, if political reactions like Brexit are diagnosed as being essentially xenophobic, then responding to them will be extremely challenging for the EU. If they are diagnosed as being essentially economic, then the EU can fashion creative responses.
This is a discussion of how short term events that seem disconnected (Trump, Brexit) may have long term generators. Specifically, how the long term war against inflation may have produced unintended political consequences that investors will need to take account of going forward.
"Our audience loved him. His topic was very timely and he was certainly lively and entertaining. We had a lot of fabulous feedback. Really, really engaging. He also signed all of his books, and stopped by during our cocktail hour. He really went above and beyond."
"Mark’s willingness to tailor his presentation to our group and to engage fully with participants in the discussion, made the session a very successful opening discussion. Attendees appreciated the clarity and insightfulness of his remarks. Mark was able to strike a balance between focusing on the macro trends which are drivers of the current environment, while also providing some specific opinions about future and potential opportunities."