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Will Expansion Work? On Mark Blyth, Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea

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Streeck,  Wolfgang
Institutioneller Wandel im gegenwärtigen Kapitalismus, MPI for the Study of Societies, Max Planck Society;

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Streeck, W. (2013). Will Expansion Work? On Mark Blyth, Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea. Comparative European Politics, 11(6), 722-728. doi:10.1057/cep.2013.23.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0014-BE3D-0
Abstract
Blyth shows convincingly that ‘Austerity does not work’. But he seems to imply that financial repression, higher taxes and monetary expansion would. Are they really compatible, however? Financial repression requires growth, real or nominal. Real growth is widely believed to require lower, not higher taxes. Nominal growth, that is inflation, is difficult to contain as well as to bring about, given trade union weakness and widespread dependence on fixed transfer incomes. Monetary expansion, finally, may simply add to general indebtedness, as it has since the late 1970s when real growth embarked on a long-term decline.