My research interests mainly lie in the field of political theory, though my work is sometimes either applied to or informed by other fields such as political science, public administration, behavioural economics, or European affairs. I am primarily interested in the following topics:
Voting and Democracy
I’m currently working on developing and defending a general theory of disenfranchisement, grounded in the relational value of democracy. I am also in the process of writing a book (in Romanian) on universal voting and permissible electoral exclusions, scheduled to appear in the second half of 2022. I’ve recently worked and/or are working on democratic resilience, age-based disenfranchisement, compulsory voting, moral duties in voting, and voting markets, and I’m interested in addressing other topics in the near future, such as convenience voting, the democratic boundary problem, democratic legitimacy, and democratic equality.
Right now I’m mostly interested in exploring the recent theory of justice articulated by Ingrid Robeyns under the label of limitarianism. In the past I’ve published papers on egalitarianism, prioritarianism, sufficientarianism, and Rawlsian contractualism, some of which were written as part of my doctoral thesis (which focused on rationality assumptions in theories of distributive justice). I’m still interested in new developments within these areas, but also in more applied areas, particularly concerning justice in public policies. I’ve also done some work in analysing values such as justice or fairness in applied contexts, e.g. to brain drain, the new public management approach or behavioural economics.
The methodology of political theory
My main interest here is in the ideal/non-ideal theory debate. Partly in connection to this topic, however, I’m also interested in the question of feasibility, the structure of normative theories and inquiries, the role of conceptual analysis in normative theorizing, and other salient issues.