Barry Eichengreen is the world leader in distilling the lessons of economic history for the policy makers of today. This important book is the best we yet have on populism and the antidotes it demands. - Lawrence H. Summers, President Emeritus and Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University
No one makes economic history relevant to today while doing justice to the past like Barry Eichengreen. "The Populist Temptation" is the best of American and European perspectives on the worst of current EU and US politics. Sobering and sensible, this is a necessary interpretative guide to our times. - Adam S. Posen, President, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Finally, a superb book that places populism in its proper historical context. And who better to write it than Barry Eichengreen, a master at shedding light on our contemporary economic problems from a historical perspective? Eichengreen brilliantly describes the backlash unleashed by economic difficulties and dislocation periodically throughout history, and the varying success of political regimes to rise to the challenge. Historical treatments with their focus on deeply rooted processes can be fatalistic. Eichengreen nicely sidesteps that trap, with a hopeful, constructive message pointing the way forward. - Dani Rodrik, Harvard University
In "The Populist Temptation", Barry Eichengreen, amongst the foremost international economists today, explains why we are seeing an outburst of populist movements across the industrial world, and how they mirror similar movements from history. He argues that while the populists have genuine grievances, the solutions their leaders propose are unlikely to work. Eichengreen is skeptical that populists' concerns can be addressed easily. However, his insightful analysis is an essential starting point for anyone who wants to understand one of the most important developments of our times. - Raghuram G. Rajan, Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance, University of Chicago
Barry Eichengreen has written a characteristically lucid book on the contemporary threat of populism. - Financial Times
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