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PolSci is the first Romanian peer-reviewed journal of political science edited and published twice a year by the Romanian Academic Society (SAR) on behalf of the Romanian community of political scientists. The journal publishes a diverse range of political science articles, especially from fields currently under-covered, such as comparative politics, public policy, political economy, or political psychology, covering Romanian or broader Central or South - East European issues. Papers are theory-grounded and based on solid empirical work. PolSci is in accreditation with the Social Science Citation Index.

Romanian Journal of Political Science
Vol 6 no 2 on 2006

The last years have seen an impressive rise of the role of religion in many countries. Free elections seem increasingly to be used by religious political groups to advance their political agenda, which seems a rule opposed to the separation of State and Church practiced in the Western liberal democracies. The Danish Mahomet cartoons and the reaction they encountered in many Muslim countries have brought to forefront fresh issues of the role of religion in global politics. What has caused this unprecedented wave of identity politics? Is radical Islamism turning into a new anti-Western ideology as Marxism-Leninism was? What is instrumental, and what is primordial in the drive towards religion as a political factor? What explains the appeal of this new ideology? What role should institutions, such as secular political parties and established Churches play in this debate? Is the secular model of state under threat?

Summary and abstracts:

1. Summary
2. Foreword
3. A Christian or a Laic Europe - by Camil Ungureanu
4. Some reflections on religion and multiculturalism in Romania - by Silviu Robobete
5. Church-State relations in postcommunist Romania - by Felicia Alexandru
6. Debating moralities in the ducational system of contemporary Serbia - by Jelena Tosic
7. Secularism in Republic of Moldova - by Sergiu Panainte
8. The consent of state and the blessing of the church - by Daniela Kalkandjieva
9. The chance of civil society in central Asia - by Ioana Ban
10.The EU's public discourse on enlargement and the EU constitutional treaty - by Cosmina    Tanasoiu
11.Review -Byzantine Ecclesiology in a new member state. The Romanian case - by Petre Guran

Romanian Journal of Political Science
Vol 5 no 2 on 2005
"Europe as a democracy promoter"

When does Europe work best? When Europe is just an incentive, as in Ukraine or Turkey, or when Europe already has EU conditionality mechanisms working, as in Croatia or Romania? The answer, after this last fall, seems far from obvious. Undeniably, the opportunities for political integration of the periphery into the European center matter enormously for democracy, and no other continent benefited more from the presence of a democratic and economically attractive center. The so-called economic and democracy 'gravity' models (the periphery is attracted to the center) can plausibly be set in motion to work alongside each other, and in the ideal case generate synergetic benefits. Gains from trade and inward investment may ease the politics of the democratic transition. The credibility of the ongoing democratic transition should enhance the quality and perceived reliability of the investment climate. This becomes then a double, interactive, politico-economic gravity model. The battered concept of transition is validated easier in a European context, because it is a voyage to a known destination.

Summary and abstracts:

1. Summary
2. Foreword
3. I am optimistic about Romania's future - by Quinton Quayle
4. The Black Sea as Epicentre - by Michael Emmerson
5. The EU as Democracy Promoter.The case of Ukraine - by Irina Solonenko
6. Assisting state-building in the Balkans:The Case of Macedonia - by Islam Yusufi
7. The Role of Constitutional Courts in Post-Communist Transition - by Raluca Maierean
8. Review

Romanian Journal of Political Science
Vol 5 no 1 on 2005
"From democratization to normal politics"

Summary and Abstracts:

1. Foreword
2. Democratization without decommunization - by Alina Mungiu Pippidi
3. Are the Balkan Eu candidates different? - by Michael Ardovino
4. The "normalisation" of party systems and voting behavior in Eastern Europe - by Daniel    Boschler
5. Social actors in a political game. The Romanian political elite and democratization    1989-2000 - by Irina Culic
6. Post-communist political symbolism - by Cosmina Tanasoiu
7. Public-private partnership between euphoria and disillsionment - by Dieter Angerer and    Gerhard Hammerschmid
8. Polsci Lectures - ""Do we really know how to promote democracy"? by Francis Fukuyama

Romanian Journal of Political Science
Vol 4, no1 on 2004
"Comparing transformations. The institutional reform"

Summary and Abstracts:

1. A word from the editor
2. Expaining the end of a myth
3. Romanian local governments: the unfinished reform
4. Political institutions and the democratization of post-communist Eastern Europe
5. Social partners and captors. The role of non-state actors in economic policy-making in    Eastern Europe
6. Formal and informal institutions: on structuring their mutual co-existence


A cultural aristocracy? Romanian intellectuals and their critics

Romanian Journal of Political Science
Vol 3, no 2 on 2003
"Weak states and Post-Communist Societies"

Summary and Abstracts:

1. A word from the editor
2. State weakness in post-communist societies
3. Reinventing the peasants: Local state capture in post-communist Europe
4. EU accession and the Serbian-Montenegrin constitutional charter
5. The right to rebel: the National Liberation Army and the Macedonian Crisis
6. The European citizenship concept and the enlargement of the Union


Armata si societatea in tranzitie
Promoting democracy and fighting terror

Romanian Journal of Political Science
PolSci , vol 3, no 1 on 2003

The Romanian Journal for Political Sciences (PolSci) is pleased to announce the publication of its spring 2003 issue ? Reinventing Social Sciences. Edited by Alina Mungiu Pippidi, this issue hosts a debate on the state of social sciences in Central and East European countries. Both foreign and Romanian authors, having diverse backgrounds and levels of expertise, expressed their views on the state of the art in their disciplines, resulting in a coherent, detailed and valuable analysis.

A word from the editor - by Alina Mungiu-Pippidi

Reinventing Social Science

* Stiinta politica in tarile candidate la UE - Hans Dieter Klingemann (RO, abstract)
* Romanian history-writing and the third envelope - Wim Van Meurs (abstract)
* Facing the past - An historian's tale - Neagu Djuvara (abstract)
* The Romanian historiography in the 1990's - Bogdan Murgescu (abstract)
* Observatii asupra sociologiei romanesti din perioada de tranzitie - Maria Larionescu (RO, abstract)

PolSci Papers

* Revisiting fatalistic political cultures - Alina Mungiu-Pippidi (full text)
* The changing status of protest participation - Cristina Nicolescu (abstract)
* The political economy of corruption in transition and the pressures of globalization - Adrian Savin (abstract)
* The cargo cult of democracy in Romania - Sorin Ionita (abstract)


* IRIR: About Holocaust and Communism (Emanuel Rauta) - full text
* Lucian Boia: Romania. Borderland of Europe (Silviu Hariton)
* Alina Mungiu Pippidi, Gerard Althabe: Nucsoara si Scornicesti. Mecanisme de aservire a taranului roman (Sorin Ionita)

Volume 2 Issue 1; Release: april 2002
Volume 2 Issue 2; Release: september 2002
Volume 3 Issue 1; Release: may 2003



The Romanian Journal of Political Science encourages contributions from the community members of Romanian or foreign social scientists regardless of age, academic background or topic. We are mainly interested in theory-grounded papers based on solid empirical work. Contributions drawing upon inferential analysis are especially encouraged, as are papers from fields currently under-covered, such as comparative politics, public policy, political economy, political psychology. The publishing language is English. Please use footnotes or endnotes, limit their number to a minimum and use consistently one citation system throughout your article. Electronic submissions are acceptable in Word for Windows at If you prefer snail mail send a floppy disk/CD with the article in Word for Windows and a hard copy at Societatea Academica din Romania, str. Mihai Eminescu 61, Bucuresti 1, Romania. The ideal length of an article is anywhere between 4000 and 8000 words, but longer articles can be considered on the basis of exceptional merit. Foreign policy scientists writing on Romanian or broader Central European issues are also encouraged to contribute. We do not publish unsolicited essays or op-eds.

This is the first Romanian peer-reviewed journal of political science. Papers will be reviewed by board and staff members, but not only. The reviewers names are confidential and the authors may be asked to make some modifications in order to have the article published. Essential for a successful submission is that the article addresses an important topic, respects the canons agreed in contemporary political science, and shows perfect knowledge of previous theoretical contributions, Romanian or international or both. Contributions are welcomed at any time of the year and will be considered for the next issue.

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