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Andrew Linklater FAcSS (born 3 August 1949 in Aberdeen, Scotland[1]) is an international relations academic, and is the current Woodrow Wilson Professor of International Politics at Aberystwyth University. In 2000, he was featured as one of the fifty thinkers in Martin Griffith's Fifty Key Thinkers in International Relations.

Andrew Linklater
Born (1949-08-03) 3 August 1949 (age 70)
Scientific career
FieldsInternational relations theorist

Early life and educationEdit

Linklater holds a BPhil degree from the University of Oxford, a MA degree from the University of Aberdeen, and a PhD degree from the London School of Economics.


His teaching career began at the University of Tasmania from 1976 to 1981, before moving to Monash University in 1982, where he taught for ten years. In 1993, he became Professor of International Relations at Keele University, and became Dean of Postgraduate Affairs in 1997 until he left Keele in 1999. In January 2000 he joined the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth, where he remains as the Woodrow Wilson Professor of International Politics today.

Perspectives on International RelationsEdit

Linklater can be characterized as a scholar of the critical theory paradigm within international relations. In his 1990 piece, Beyond Realism and Marxism, outlines the flaws in Realism International Relations theory, the English School theorizing, and Marxist International Relations theory. Linklater argues that International Relations theorizing take a more expansive approach to the relevant actors which includes forces that generate human norms and structure human relations between societies beyond the class framework of Marxism.[2]


Linklater has written and edited several books on International Relations, but one of his most important works is The Transformation of Political Community. Published in 1998, it was hailed by fellow academics Chris Brown and Steve Smith as "one of the most important books in international theory published in this decade".[3] Linklater's research interests include the idea of harm in International Relations and critical theories of International Relations. In 2001 he became a member of the Academy of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences, and in 2005 he also became a Fellow of the British Academy. He is also a Founding Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.


  • The Problem of Harm in World Politics: Theoretical Investigations, Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  • Critical Theory and World Politics: Citizenship, sovereignty and humanity, Routledge, 2007.
  • The English School of International Relations: A Contemporary Assessment (with Hidemi Suganami), Cambridge University Press, 2006.
  • Theories of International Relations (edited with Scott Burchill), Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. (Now on its fourth edition, originally published in 1996)
  • Political Loyalty and the Nation-State (edited with Michael Waller), Routledge, 2003.
  • International Relations: Critical Concepts in Political Science, Routledge, 2000
  • The Transformation of Political Community: Ethical Foundations of the Post-westphalian Era, Polity Press, 1998.
  • Boundaries in Question: New Directions in International Relations, (edited with John MacMillan) Frances Pinter, 1995.
  • Beyond Realism and Marxism: Critical Theory and International Relations, MacMillan Press, 1990.
  • New Horizons in Politics: Essays with an Australian Focus, (edited with Hugh V. Emy), Allen and Unwin, 1990.
  • Men and Citizens in the Theory of International Relations, MacMillan Press, 1982.
  • New Dimensions in World Politics, (edited with G. Goodwin) Croom Helm, 1975.


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  2. ^ 1974-, Daddow, Oliver J.,. International relations theory (Third ed.). Los Angeles. ISBN 9781473966581. OCLC 959034248.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  3. ^ Utopia and International Relations Today: Reviewing Andrew Linklater’s "The Transformation of Political Community." By Olivia Toderean. Archived 28 December 2004 at the Wayback Machine

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