Established 2007            Number of members: 330

International Political Theory (IPT) is a fast-growing field. Broadly, it applies a philosophical mode of enquiry to international politics. The IPT Standing Group brings together and provides a forum for political philosophers/theorists whose interests lie predominantly in international affairs and scholars of international politics whose interests are philosophical or ethical in character. We aim to have a dedicated IPT Section at every ECPR General Conference, and provide guidance and support to members bidding for ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops or Research Sessions proposals.

Aims and objectives

  • Facilitate the exchange of ideas and flow of information;
  • Foster collaborative work;
  • Catalyse joint research proposals;
  • Initiate new research agendas;
  • Advance the development of international political theory;
  • Promote and consolidate IPT as a distinct area of the discipline.

Joining the Standing Group

If you would like to join the International Political Theory Standing Group, you will need to create a myECPR account at This only takes a few minutes, and you need not be from an ECPR member institution to do so. Then, click on the following link, and select ‘Join Standing Group’.

If you are from an ECPR member institution your membership to the SG is automatic. If you are from a non-member institution we will need to accept your application to join, so your membership status will be ‘pending’ until we accept you.