Relațiile sino-ruse de la un act de conveniențã la o nouã Antantã?

Rãzvan Gabriel Nistor
Nicolae Ulinici
Looking at the bilateral relations between Russia and China we have chosen to analyze the factors that influenced its evolution. Starting from the internal views in the two countries, regarding their foreign policy as well as the chronological evolution of building trust between the two international actors trough the subsequent application of the social identity theory.

Us future strategy in North-East Asia: Balancing or buck-passing?

Adrian Eugen Preda

 This paper examines two strategies that United States can use in order to block the rise of China as a regional hegemon in North-East Asia. The two strategies are balancing and buck-passing and I argue that the first is better for United States than the second. After these two strategies will be presented follows the demonstration that China is a potential hegemon in North-East Asia and that the other powers in the region ar too weak to oppose, and finally, an explanation of the fact will be provided that why balancing is better for USA in this case than the buck-passing.

Neregularitãþi în modul instrumentalist de justificare a democraþiei

Remus Daniel Stanciu

 Următoarea lucrare își propune să prezinte o serie de caracteristici problematice ale argumentării instrumentaliste propuse de Richard Arneson, precum și o critică adusă sistemului de delimitare a drepturilor în fundamentale și non-fundamentale. Lucrarea va urma firul discuției dintre Richard Arneson și Christopher G. Griffin. Structura lucrării va fi următoarea: voi prezenta două moduri de justificare a democrației, instrumentalist și intrisec punând accentul pe distincția dintre drepturi din perspectiva lui Richard Arneson respectiv Christopher G. Griffin.

Opoziția societății civile fațã de fracturarea hidraulicã. Cazul Pungești – între evaluările experților, pluralitatea de viziuni cetățenești și proceduralism epistemic

Silviu-George Colonescu

 In this study I will discuss the disobedience wave echoed in the civil society debates provoked by the researching and shale gas exploitation activities connected to hydraulic fracking in Pungești, Romania. I will trace the collective decision making methods following the debates from the deliberative public arena. My aim is to analyse this event using the epistemic proceduralism approach proposed by David Estlund as a middle ground theoretical model which blends pure democratic proceduralism, on the one hand, with epistemic considerations, on the other hand.

The UBI through a feminist looking-glass: can HE spot a Wollstonecraft dilemma?

Alexandru Stafie

 As the growing debate around the policy and the theoretical implications of the Universal Basic

Democrația deliberativă: schimbarea cadrului politic din România

Vlad Bujdei-Tebeica

 Scopul acestei lucrări este e a reporni discuția despre rolul sistemelor democratice contemporane. Pornind de la modelul proceduralismului epistemic, teoretizat de David Estlund, mi-am propus să privesc dezbaterile pe marginea modificării legii partidelor și cea electorală. Prin acest lucru mi-am dorit sã scot la suprafațã anumite puncte tari dar și neajunsuri ale acestui model, pentru a putea pe viitor veni cu completări. Am început prin a relua dezbaterea privind rolul democrației: instrumental sau procedural.

Cedarea suveranității energetice – trădare sau prostie

Cosmin Gabriel Pãcuraru
De patru ani, același grup de interese mimeazã realizarea Strategiei de Securitate Energetică a României. Oficial nu existã decât primele trei capitole care reprezintă o prezentare destul de exactã a situaþiei energetice interne actuale și a legislației comunitare, a tratatelor și înțelegerilor cu Uniunea Europeanã, neamintindu-se nimic despre corupția din sistem și situația deplorabilã în care se aflã câteva companii energetice aflate în fapt în faliment.

Participarea la vot, în România – tendințe diferite, în funcție de tipul de scrutin. O analiză a noilor tendințe de participare, după alegerile prezidențiale din 2014

Dan Sultănescu

 The decline in voting participation is not new information: the absolute numbers are decreasing. However, the presence at presidential elections in 2014 leads us to a more careful reflection on the real trends on voting in contemporary Romania. And this is why I wanted to publish these conclusions. The only generalization we can make is that, after 2007, we are witnessing a return to greater values in electoral participation for all types of elections. And this balances the impression of a steady decline in participation, retained both the literature and the common sense.

Procrastinarea academică. Un studiu de caz din SNSPA

Andrei Vlăducu

 In this paper we analyze the results of applying Procrastination Assesment Scale Students (PASS), on 42 undergraduates from NSPSPA (Bucharest) to measure the level of academic procrastination amongst respondents; the reasons for procrastination behaviour and the relation between level of academic procrastination and grades they obtained at the Bachelor of Arts degree exam.

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The effects of Foreign Direct Investments on structuring the Varieties of Capitalism in the post-communist states

Todor Arpad

 I investigate some of the most important theoretical approaches to some of the most important economic factor that shaped the economic transformation in the post-communist states, namely the Foreign Direct Investments (FDI). I investigate how, depending on the theoretical framework we employ, the multiple structural effects FDI had on the economies of the transition economies, as well as other parts of the social and political life can be causally interpreted.

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Lesbian and gay rights in comparative perspective: The case of Romania and Poland

Andrada Nimu

 The purpose of this paper is to describe and analyze the contextual elements that have shaped the lesbian and gay rights movements in a comparative perspective, in Romania and Poland. First, some general assumptions are made in regard to the similarities and differences in the two countries. Second, the role of the Romanian Orthodox Church and Polish Roman Catholic Church, EU institutions and national governments and the role of the activists.

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Între etnic și civic – o analiză a principalei tipologii a naționalismului

Nicolescu Valentin Quintus

 Originated in the works of German historian Frederick Meineke and made popular by the work of Hans Kohn in the second half of the 20th Century, the distinction between civic and ethnic nationalism is undoubtedly dominant within the nations and nationalisms field of study, being used in a vast array of theoretical approaches, from modernism (Ernest Gellner) to ethno-symbolism (Anthony Smith). Nevertheless, its analytical substance and its explicative power are rarely questioned, usually being taken as axiomatic.

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