Charles A. McClelland

Charles A. McClelland

Charles A. McClelland (born 1917) is an American political systems analyst and International Relations Professor Emeritus at the San Francisco State University, who was among the first to introduce General Systems Theory in the field of International Relations.[1]



McClelland was born in Oakley, Idaho, in 1917. He received his undergraduate education at San Jose State College, and his MA and doctoral degrees in history from the University of California.[2]

He started working in the 1940s at the department of International Relations at the San Francisco State College, where he became professor of history and international relations, as well as a visiting professor in the department of Political Science, University of Michigan, and at the University of Southern California. One of his students was James N. Rosenau.

McClelland was one of the first scholars of the Center for the Study of the American Experience at USC. McClelland has received research grants from the Advanced Research Projects Agency, a research arm of the Pentagon.[3]

He was president of Society for General Systems Research from 1959 to 1961. In 1967 he received a USC Associates Awards for Letters, Arts and Sciences.


  • 1960, The United Nations: the Continuing Debate. Chandler publishing. 1960
  • 1960, Nuclear weapons, missiles, and future war: problem for the sixties.
  • 1962, College teaching of international relations; problems of organization and collaboration. A report on applied and experimental studies of undergraduate college education in international relations.
  • 1967, Theory of the International System. New York : The Macmillan Company.
  • 1970, An Interaction Survey of the Middle East, with Anne Ancoli.
  • 1972, International Events Interaction Analysis: Some Research Considerations. With, Edward E. Azar and Richard A. Brody (eds.) Beverly Hills: Sage Publications.
  • 1958, "Systems and History in International Relations". In: General Systems Yearbook 3 (1958), p. 237.
  • 1959, "A Classification of International Relations Theory" in: American Behavioral Scientist, Vol. 2, No. 4, 32-34 (1959)
  • 1960, "The function of theory in international relations" in: Journal of Conflict Resolution 4 (1960), pp. 303–336.
  • 1961, "The Acute International Crisis," in: World Politics, Vol. 14 (October 1961), p. 199.
  • 1962, "General Systems and the Social Sciences," in: A Review of General Semantics, 18 (1962), 456.
  • 1972, "The Beginning, Duration, and Abatement of International Crises: Comparisons in Two Conflict Arenas", in C. F. Hermann (ed.), International Crises: Insights from Behavioral Research (New York: Free Press, 1972).
Publications about McClelland
  • Charles P. Schleicher (1967), "Reviewed work(s): Theory of the International System by Charles A. McClelland", in: The Western Political Quarterly, Vol. 20, No. 1 (Mar., 1967), pp. 232–233


  1. ^ Robert L. Pfaltzgraff (1972), Politics and the International System page 111.
  2. ^ Edward E. Azar, Richard A. Brody, Charles A. McClelland (1972), International Events Interaction Analysis: Some Research Considerations, p. 80.
  3. ^ The Board of Trustees at the University of Southern California, Data compiled by Daniel Brandt in 1978-1979; introduction written in 2001. Retrieved 22 April 2008.

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