ICUB Fellowships for Young Researchers 2017
Volacu Alexandru – An Inquiry into the Normative Foundations of Conditional Duties to Vote
Alexandru Volacu holds a PhD in Political Science from the National University of Political Science and Public Administration (SNSPA), with a thesis focusing on rationality assumptions in theories of distributive justice. In 2015 he spent a term at the University of Oxford as a Visiting Doctoral Student, where he was affiliated with the Department of Politics and International Relations and the Centre for the Study of Social Justice. His main research interests lie in the field of contemporary analytical political theory, primarily on the topics of distributive justice, the ideal/non-ideal theory debate and the ethics of voting. Secondary research interests include a range of topics from the fields of rational choice theory, behavioural economics and game theory. He has published articles in prestigious, ISI-indexed, international journals such as Philosophical Studies, Ethical Perspectives, Contemporary Political Theory, Journal of Philosophical Research, Journal of International Relations and Development and Croatian Journal of Philosophy. In total, he has published over 30 scientific or philosophical articles in internationally-indexed journals, collective volumes or as conference papers, has co-authored one book (Tritonic Press, Bucharest) and co-edited a collective volume (Ibidem-Verlag, Stuttgart). Alexandru Volacu is also a Teaching Assistant at SNSPA, the Director of the Bucharest Center for Political Theory and a Co-Editor in Chief of the Romanian Journal of Society and Politics.