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Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea. Mark Blyth. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
 
Political theorists have long made the connection between politics and emotion. Plato, in his Republic, recognized both greed and anger as a central problem of political life. Early modern thinkers, like Machiavelli and Hobbes, recognized the importance of fear in political life.  Modern thinkers, like David Hume,…