Paul Dragoș Aligică

Dragos Paul Aligica is KPMG Professor of Governance at the University of Bucharest, a Senior Research Fellow in the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and a Senior Nonresident Scholar with The Center for Governance and Markets at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2023 he was elected a Member of The Academy of Europe - Academia Europaea.


"Paul Dragos Aligica’s work is important for several reasons: First, as a scholar, he has conducted cutting edge research. Second, Paul serves as an important international link between Eastern European social science researchers and American ones. Through his work in the region he actively builds relationships and translates and diffuses scholarly ideas in ways that bring scholars from different backgrounds and different environments together. Third, Paul has been active in the creation of new institutions based on the ideas exposed in his academic work. His research on political institutions, government agencies, economic infrastructure, and societal institutions has, therefore, had a practical and applied impact."
- Vernon L. Smith, 2002 Nobel Prize winner in Economics

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Institutional Diversity and Political Economy. The Ostroms and Beyond (Oxford University Press).

Institutional Diversity and Political Economy. The Ostroms and Beyond (Oxford University Press)“It is a simply fantastic book. Paul Dragos Aligica brought together aspects of our work that I knew about but had not yet linked together in the way that he has. The overwhelming reaction I have had is that he has taken our work many steps into the future.”
–Elinor Ostrom, 2009 Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics

“This is an innovative and instructive treatment of a classic problem in political philosophy: the rational design of a benign institutional order. Its approach is rooted in epistemology by centralizing the question of how to best develop and deploy the information needed to realize this objective in the complex conditions that prevail in our day. In endorsing the polycentric contextualization of a pragmatic perspective, this insightful discussion infuses oxygen into a region that is all too often replete with hot air.”
–Nicholas Rescher, Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy, University of Pittsburg

Public Entrepreneurship, Citizenship, and Self-Governance (Cambridge University Press).Public Entrepreneurship, Citizenship, and Self-Governance (Cambridge University Press)

“We are beset today by increasing skepticism of the viability and intelligence of democratic self-governance, raising doubts that traditional defenses fail to assuage. In this scholarly and important book, Paul Dragos Aligica shows how the Ostroms’ pathbreaking work points to a reconceptualization of democratic citizenship, tying it to an enlightening idea of problem solving through public entrepreneurs. Aligica articulates a compelling vision of the institutions of a diverse and intelligent open society.”
–Gerald Gaus, James. E. Rogers Professor of Philosophy, University of Arizona, Tucson

“Paul Dragos Aligica’s Public Entrepreneurship, Citizenship, and Self-Governance offers a whole persuasive theory of the social world that challenges the right/left spectrum by starting not with states or markets but with people who work through a range of institutions to shape the world. For those entrepreneurs, this book is full of practical wisdom about how to operate more effectively and wisely.”
–Peter Levine, Lincoln Filene Professor, Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University, Massachusetts

Comparative Economic Systems (Edward Elgar International Library of Critical Writings in Economics Series, Edward Elgar Publishing).
Comparative Economic Systems (Edward Elgar International Library of Critical Writings in Economics Series, Edward Elgar Publishing).“This exquisite anthology covers sixty years of conceptual and empirical scholarship on comparative economic systems, zeroing in on central plan economies. Paul Dragos Aligica and Peter J. Boettke have assembled both indispensable classic papers and innovative recent contributions. The volume encompasses several types of central plan economies, including the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, Mao’s China, and Yugoslavia. Five distinct sections organize thirty-six articles into a logical sequence, enabling the volume to achieve simultaneously two objectives: provide a multifaceted, in-depth analysis of the subject and present a history of economic ideas and debates. An exhaustive introduction by the editors summarizes this history in a lively fashion.”–Michael S. Bernstam, Stanford University

“The history books of economic thought are disturbingly incomplete, lacking a vast chapter covering the evolution of collectivist economic ideas and scholarly attempts at comparing the (dis)advantages of capitalist and communist systems. Any specialist or student eager to fill this gap is advised to read the Aligica-Boettke collection, particularly its subtext, carefully. The selection follows a thematic logic, but reading between the lines of thematic analysis the editors successfully present an authentic evolutionary pattern of Comparative Economic Systems.”
–Janos Matyas Kovacs, University of Vienna

Rethinking Institutional Analysis and Development: The Bloomington School (Routledge, London).

Challenging Institutional Analysis and Development: The Bloomington School“This book is a marvelous piece of work on the nature of social sciences, the disciplinary boundaries between economics, political science and sociology, and the relationship between theory and practice in contemporary research.”
–Filippo Sabetti, McGill University

“Paul Aligica and Peter Boettke have done an outstanding job of describing the spirit and the reality of several decades of theoretical and empirical research on institutional analysis.  They have successfully captured how words express ideas and the language of human development.  Generations of future scholars will appreciate reading this book”
–Vincent Ostrom, Indiana University Bloomington
–Elinor Ostrom, Indiana University Bloomington, 2009 Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics