Alex Callinicos studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford, and Philosophy of Science at the London School of Economics before writing a DPhil on Marx's Capital, also at Balliol.
He was a Junior Research Fellow in Contemporary Social Thought at St Peter's College, Oxford, in 1979-81, after which he taught social and political theory at the Department of Politics at the University of York till 2005, when he moved to King's. He retired in October 2020.
- International political economy
- Social and political theory
- Contemporary political philosophy and critical theory
Alex Callinicos has published extensively on Marxism, social theory, political philosophy, political economy, and race and racism. Among his best known books are Althusser's Marxism (1976), The Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx (1983), Making History (1987), Against Postmodernism (1990), Social Theory (1999), An Anti-Capitalist Manifesto (2003), and The New Mandarins of American Power (2003). His book, The Resources of Critique (2006), is an assessment of contemporary critical theory - notably the philosophy of Alain Badiou and Toni Negri - from a Marxist perspective. He also works in international political economy: Imperialism and Global Political Economy was published by Polity in 2009. Deciphering Capital: Marx’s Capital and its Destiny (2014) combines his interests in social theory and political economy. With two other colleagues at King’s, Stathis Kouvelakis and Lucia Pradella, he edited The Routledge Handbook of Marxism and Post-Marxism (2021). He is currently completing a book for Polity called The New Age of Catastrophe.
Expertise and public engagement
Alex Callinicos was an active contributor to the development of the movement for another globalization, participating in the World Social Forum and an animator of the European Social Forum. He co-convened the Contemporary Marxism Research Group and was editor of International Socialism 2009-20.
Callinicos, A., Kouvelakis, S. & Pradella, L., 29 Dec 2020, Taylor and Francis Inc. 581 p. Research output: Book/Report › Book › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315149608
Callinicos, A., 14 May 2019, Duelling for Supremacy: International Law vs. National Fundamental Principles. Cambridge University Press, p. 419-429 11 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › peer-review
Kouvelakis, S., Callinicos, A. & Pradella, L., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Routledge. Research output: Book/Report › Book
Callinicos, A., 1 Jan 2018, In: Science and Society. 82, 1, p. 139-145 7 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1521/siso.2018.82.1.139
Callinicos, A., 1 Jun 2017, In: COMPETITION AND CHANGE. 21, 3, p. 185-198 14 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1177/1024529417700428
Callinicos, A. & Choonara, J., 1 Oct 2016, In: Science and Society. 80, 4, p. 481-494 14 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1521/siso.2016.80.4.481
Da Motta E Albuquerque, E. & Callinicos, A., Oct 2016, In: Science and Society. 80, 4, p. 444-453 10 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1521/siso.2016.80.4.444
Callinicos, A., 26 Jan 2016, The Brazilian Economy Today: Towards a New Socio-Economic Model?. BFI Palgrave Macmillan, p. 29-42 14 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137549815_2
Callinicos, A., 10 Jul 2014, London: Bookmarks Publications. 334 p. Research output: Book/Report › Book › peer-review
Callinicos, A., 2013, The Question of Strategy: Socialist Register 2013 . Panitch, L., Albo, G. & Chibber, V. (eds.). Pontpool, Wales: Merlin Classics, p. 326-44 19 p. (Socialist Register). Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter