Mad money

with an introduction by Benjamin J. Cohen

By Susan Strange

Mad money


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-7849-9266-8
  • Pages: 232
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: December 2015
  • BIC Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Economy, Society & social sciences / International relations, Society & social sciences / Central government policies, Politics, Political economy, International relations, Central / national / federal government policies, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General


Mad money is a classic of international relations and international political economy literature. It also has profound modern relevance.

First published by Manchester University Press in 1998, the book called for an end to the volatility of international financial markets. Markets had grown, technology had advanced, and regulation had all but disappeared, resulting in financial crises in Asia and in the western world. The book identified that finance now called the tune internationally: governments had been stripped of control, morals had loosened, and income gaps were widening sharply. Susan Strange predicted that this would lead to a long, inevitable financial crisis if it continued unchecked. She was proved right within a decade of the book coming out.

This reissue includes a new introduction by Benjamin Cohen of the University of California that contextualises the book, and conveys the value of the work for a modern audience.


Introduction - Benjamin Cohen
1. Innovations
2. The US Japan axis
3. Disunited Europe
4. Wall Street and other casinos
5. The debtors
6. Finance and crime
7. Managing mad money national systems
8. Our international guardians
9. So what?


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. She died in 1998

Benjamin Cohen is Louis G. Lancaster Professor of International Political Economy at the University of California, Santa Barbara

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