Casino capitalism

with an introduction by Matthew Watson

By Susan Strange

Casino capitalism


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-7849-9134-0
  • Pages: 240
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £22.50
  • Published Date: December 2015
  • BIC Category: Economics, Economic theory & philosophy, Central / national / federal government policies, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Services & Welfare, BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Economic Policy, Society & social sciences / Central government policies, Economics, finance, business & management / Economic theory & philosophy, Politics


Originally released by Basil Blackwell in 1986, and then re-released by Manchester University Press in 1998, Casino capitalism is a cutting-edge discussion of international financial markets, the way they behave and the power they wield. It examines money's power for good as well as its terrible disruptive, destructive power for evil. Money is seen as being far too important to leave to bankers and economists to do with as they think best. The raison d'être of Casino capitalism is to expose the development of a financial system that has increasingly escaped the calming influences of democratic control.

This new edition includes a powerful new introduction provided by Matthew Watson that puts the book it in its proper historical context, as well as identifying its relevance for the modern world. It will have a wide reaching audience, appealing both to academics and students of economics and globalization as well as the general reader with interests in capitalism and economic history.


Introduction - Matthew Watson
1. Casino capitalism
2. Key decisions and their consequences
3. Some other interpretations
4. Betting in the dark
5. The guessing game
6. Some prescriptions
7. Cooling the casino


The late Susan Strange was a scholar of International Relations who was largely responsible for creating the field of international political economy (IPE). She held academic positions at the LSE, the European University Institute in Florence and latterly as Chair in International Relations and Professor of International Political economy at the University of Warwick.

Matthew Watson is Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick

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