Susan Strange

World-leading thinker on international political economy (BSc Econ 1943)

Susan Strange, 1990s
Susan Strange

Susan Strange (1923-1998) established the academic field of international political economy and co-founded the British International Studies Association.

Susan Strange was a towering figure in British international relations and a world-leading thinker on international political economy. She began her career as a journalist for The Economist and The Observer, becoming a full-time researcher at Chatham House before entering academe.

Susan Strange was one of the co-founders of the British International Studies Association, established in 1975. She held the Montague Burton Chair in International Relations at LSE between 1978 and 1988 and, in 1995, became the third woman and first Briton to be President of the International Studies Association.

Her most influential books include Casino Capitalism (1986), States and Markets (1988), The Retreat of the State (1996) and Mad Money (1998).

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Department of International Relations