Does populism remake the world of institutions?


 Hanspeter Kriesi in his article on populist challenge (Kriesi, 2014) came out with an inspiring conclusion on the reasons for which the populism in the East European countries is different compared to the West European populism. Let us summarise his main points: the Central and Eastern Europe democracies are less established, the party system’s representation function is low, which is mainly caused by the lack of institutionalisation of those parties as well as by the low-quality performance of the public authorities.

Populist-Nationalist Discourse in the European Periphery. The Case of Romania.

Valentin Quintus NICOLESCU

 Our article focuses on the reproductive dynamics of the populist nationalist discourse present in Romanian social media. We are particularly interested in exploring the possible emergence of a specific Eastern-European type of right wing populism, reflected by the authoritarian politics professed by Viktor Orban, Andrej Duda, Robert Fico or, in Romania, Traian Bãsescu and the PMP (Popular Movement Party). Thus, in the first part of our article we are exploring the main theoretical discussions regarding populism in general and its Eastern European manifestation in particular.

Globalized Anti-Globalists. The Ideological Basis of the Internationalization of Right-Wing Extremism


 This paper is an attempt to identify the ideological grounds of the contemporary right wing extremism seen as a global political phenomenon. I approach right wing extremism not as individual, isolated national movements, but as an international network of cooperating movements and organisations.

Populist wind and electoral behaviour. The case of the Italian constitutional referendum

Vittorio AMATO

 The Italian referendum was followed closely everywhere in Europe (and elsewhere) and the fear of a potential Italian exit from Europe or the Eurozone was palpable. Yet, this scenario was and is unlikely. The fear of political instability of the government in case of a referendum rejection, and the potential risk for the stability of financial markets, which turned out to be highly overestimated, frightened the rest of the world much more than Italy itself.

Catholic and Nationalist Populism in the Current Poland


 This paper is dedicated to Catholic and nationalist populism that has become a part of political party called Prawo i Sprawiedliwooeæ (Law and Justice), the faction which currently rules in Poland. This attitude of populism is characteristic also for its leader Jaros³aw Kaczyñski who builds his political strategy on populist slogans concerning nationalist and Catholic elements. The level of populism has permanently been growing since the origin of PiS. The great power that supports these tendencies is the Catholic hierarchy.

The Populist Revolt against Globalisation


 A tormented wave of anti-establishment populism is haunting Europe. Populist parties have managed to enter the political centre stage. This is partly the result of the breakthrough of former extremeright or far right parties to the ‘regular right’ part of the political spectrum and of the drift to the right in the European political discourse concerning issues of immigration, Islam and the concept of the multicultural society after nine-eleven. In Europe, populism not only comes from the right, but from the anti-liberal protectionist left wing as well.

Modul de producție asiatic – dezbateri teoretice

Valentin Quintus Nicolescu

 În acest articol îmi propun abordarea unei discuții particulare din punctul de vedere al construcției teoretice marxiste, mai precis cea referitoare la modul de producție asiatic, relevantă din două puncte de vedere: mai întâi datorită faptului că reprezintă una dintre limitele explicative auto-asumate ale teoriei marxiste și, în al doilea rând, pentru că deschide o direcție ce face referire directă la forma pe care marxism-leninismul a luat-o în demersul său practic de edificare a socialismului de stat dar totodatã ridică și problema locului și rolului pe care ideologia l-a avut în U

Accesul egal la educație de calitate

Diana Elena NEAGA

 The Romanian educational system is confronted with a profound crisis which affects all strata of Romanian society. Poor access to education of the marginalized, low financing of the educational system, are just some of the challenges faced by Romanian education. A serious and far-reaching reform is needed if the present state of affairs is to change. In this respect, I am trying to examine several of these major issues with which the Romanian education system is confronted and present possible solutions.

TVR, SRR și Agerpres – organizații-cheie în structura de securitate națională

Cosmin Gabriel PÃCURARU

 The regional geopolitical situation appears to be very tense. The media assault executed by various Moscow financed media channels is in full swing. The only Romanian media able to counteract this informational attack is the public one – the Romanian Television Society and The Romanian Radio Society. By emitting abroad in the Republic of Moldova, can be of real help in terms of supporting a pro-European and a pro-N.A.T.O. campaign at their borders.

Flexibilizarea Legislatiei Muncii în Contextul Modelelor Capitalismului

Alexandru Liță

 In the this paper I will analize the 2011`s flexibilization of labor law in the theoretical framework of varieties of capitalism. The analysis will focus on 4 types of flexibilization: numerical flexibilization, salary flexibility, organizational flexibility and labor-time flexibility. The documents I will compare are the labor law from 2003 and the labor law from 2011. For both laws I have analyzed the same articles corresponding with every flexibilization type and I have identified if there existed any changes.

Nihilism și reificare. Critica tehno-ideologiei post-moderne în gândirea politică a lui Heidegger

Mihai Novac

 Commonly, there are three basic, somewhat, but not necessarily, interrelated charges held against Heidegger’s thought: (i) the abstrusity of his language, (ii) the alleged lack of ethical preoccupation and (iii) the temporary flirtation with National Socialism, which would supposedly indicate a core ideological flaw of his philosophy. In short, this paper is an attempt at proving the superficiality of these accusations while at the same time seeking for an alternative mode of interpretation.

The filter bubble – a constructivist approach

Teodora Diana Chiș

 The social media filter bubble has been a widely discussed issue in the aftermath of the most recent global political events. The following paper aims to explore this issue through the lenses of social constructivism. I will attempt to draw inspiration from the social construction of technology theory in order to explain the effects of the feed algorithms present in the design of social media platforms. In order to accomplish this, I will try to understand the interaction between the users and the platforms from a psychological viewpoint.