I am 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 I teach in the graduate program of the Economics Department at George Mason University.

My work is interdisciplinary and falls more or less into three classes:

(1) Institutional Theory. Contributions to the school of public choice and institutional theory developed by the Economics Nobel Prize winner Elinor Ostrom and her collaborator, Vincent Ostrom: Theories of governance, public administration, institutional design and feasibility.

My books in this area:

  • Institutional Diversity and Political Economy. The Ostroms and Beyond, Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Rethinking Institutional Analysis and Development: The Bloomington School, with Peter Boettke, London and New-York: Routledge, 2009.
  • Choice, Rules and Collective Action. The Ostroms on the Study of Institutions and Governance, co-edited with Fillipo Sabetti, The European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Press, 2014.

Some of my recent publications in this area:

    • “Public Administration, Public Choice and the Ostroms: The Achievement, the Failure, the Promise”, Public Choice, forthcoming 2015.
    • “Co-Production, Polycentricity and Value Heterogeneity: The Ostroms’ Public Choice Institutionalism Revisited”, American Political Science Review, (with Vlad Tarko), Vol. 107, No. 4, November 2013.
    • “Institutional Analysis and Political Economy” (with Mike McGinnis) in The Routledge Handbook of Public Policy, editors Eduardo Araral, Scott Fritzen, Michael Howlett, M. Ramesh, Xun Wu, Routledge, 2013.

(2) Political Economy. Various comparative, normative and international political economy explorations at the interfaces between business, society and government; with a special interest in the “neither markets nor states” domain of voluntary action and organization.

My books in this area:

  • Capitalist Alternatives: Models, Taxonomies, Scenarios, with Vlad Tarko, London and New-York: Routledge, 2015.
  • The Neoliberal Revolution in Eastern Europe: Economic Ideas in the Transition from Communism, with Anthony Evans, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2008.
  • Paths to Property: Approaches to Institutional Change in International Development, with Karol Boudreaux, IEA Publications, Institute for Economic Affairs London, 2007.

Some of my recent publications in this area:

    • “The Market Process Theory Perspective on Capitalism: Normative Facets and Implications” in The Oxford Handbook of Austrian Economics, editors Peter Boettke and Chris Coyne, forthcoming 2015.
    • “Addressing Limits to Mainstream Economic Analysis of Voluntary and Non-Profit Organizations. The “Austrian” Alternative”. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, (Volume 43, November, 2014).
    • “Pragmatism, Institutionalism and Democracy”, Society, (Volume 50, Issue 4, 2013).

(3) Futures Studies. Scenarios, predictions, strategies and the theory and intellectual history of thinking about the future.

Published volumes in this area:

  • In Defense of Thinking. The Essential Herman Kahn, edited with an introduction by Paul Dragos Aligica and Kenneth R. Weinstein, Lexington Books – Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2009.
  • Prophecies of Doom and Scenarios of Progress. Herman Kahn, Julian Simon and the Prospective Imagination. Continuum / Bloomsbury Publishing, London and New York, 2007.
  • Editor of Wendell Bell and the Foundations of Futures Studies, Special Issue of Futures – The Journal of Policy, Planning and Futures Studies, vol.43, issue 6, 2011.

Some of my publications in this area:

    • “Retrodiction and Epistemology of Future Studies”, Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Social Sciences, editor B. Kaldis, SAGE Reference, Thousand Oaks, CA, 2013.
    • “Scenarios and the Growth of Knowledge. Notes on the Epistemic Element in Scenario Building”, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 72, July, 2005.
    • “Prediction, Explanation and the Epistemology of Futures Studies”, Futures – The Journal of Policy, Planning and Futures Studies, Vol. 35/10 pp. 1027-1040, 2003.

Some of the books that I reviewed for academic journals. And here is my teaching portfolio.

My current projects:

“Public Administration and the Classical Liberal Perspective: Modern Political Economy Foundations” (a book co-authored with Peter Boettke and Vlad Tarko, forthcoming at Oxford University Press, 2016).

Governance, Functionalism and the Role of Knowledge in Society: David Mitrany and the Misinterpreted and Overlooked Intellectual Legacy of his Work”; a project based on pioneering archival research in the David Mitrany archives at London School of Economics.

In addition to my academic work I have also written occasional pieces for Wall Street Journal Europe, Reason, Transitions, American Outlook, and for a while I contributed to the book review section of Indianapolis Star.  However my main work in this respect has been in Romanian.  I have been a member of the editorial team of the preeminent weekly publication Revista 22 and a steady and sometimes controversial contributor to the national public debate.

I have also published a number of books in Romanian and translated several others, and I wrote extensively to promote Western social sciences in academia and public policy, as part of the post-communist transition. Some titles here.

In the 1990s and until mid-2000s I was associated with the Romanian pro-Western, pro-democracy movement as a founder and coordinator of several national-level civil society organizational initiatives and by being a couple of times an adviser to reformist political parties and cabinet members.

Since 2008 I have been a US resident.