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Susan George (political scientist)

Susan George (born 1934) is a well-known political scientist and writer on Third World poverty, underdevelopment and debt. She is a fellow of the Transnational Institute. She is a fierce critic of the present policies of the IMF, World Bank (IBRD) and what she calls their 'maldevelopment model'. She similarly criticizes the neoliberal policies of the Washington Consensus on Third World development. She is of U.S. birth but now resides in France.

Between 1999 and mid-2006 she served as Vice-President of ATTAC France (Association for Taxation of Financial Transaction to Aid Citizens). In January 2007 she received an honorary doctorate from Newcastle University in the UK and in early March the International Studies Association at its Congress in Chicago presented her with its first award to an Outstanding Public Scholar.

From 1990 to 1995 she served on the board of Greenpeace International as well as that of Greenpeace France. She has acted as a consultant to various United Nations specialised agencies and is a frequent public speaker, particularly for ATTAC groups, trade unions, and environment/development non-governmental organisations in many countries.


  • How the Other Half Dies (Penguin) 1976. Reprinted 1986, 1991 ISBN 0-14-013569-3 (An analysis of the real reasons for world hunger.)
  • A Fate Worse Than Debt (Penguin) 1988 ISBN 0-14-022789-X (An analysis of the reasons for Third World debt.)
  • The Debt Boomerang (Pluto Press) 1992 ISBN 0-7453-0594-6 (Continuing the theme of Third World debt and its harmful effects.)
  • The Lugano Report: On Preserving Capitalism in the 21st Century 1999 ISBN 0-7453-1532-1
  • Another World Is Possible If (Verso Books) 2004 ISBN 1844675106

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