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Paulus Blokker

Ph.D., European University Institute, Florence.


Work Phone: +39-055-503131

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Paul Blokker is the author of two books: New Democracies in Crisis? A Comparative Constitutional Study of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Romania, Routledge Advances in European Politics, London/New York: Routledge, 2013; and Multiple Democracies in Europe. Political Culture in New Member States, London/New York: Routledge, 2010.

In addition he has (co-)edited a number of works, including:  2011, guest editor with Robert Brier, special issue on ‘Democracy after 1989: Re-examining the History, Impact, and Legacy of Dissidence’, East European Politics and Societies; 2011, guest editor of special issue on ‘Pragmatic Sociology: Theory, Critique, and Application’, in: European Journal of Social Theory, vol. 14(3); 2009, guest editor of special issue on ‘1989 and Social Theory’, European Journal of Social Theory, 12(3); 2009, with Bruno Dallago (eds), Regional Diversity and Local Development in the New Member States, Palgrave/MacMillan; 2008, with Bruno Dallago (eds), Youth Entrepreneurship and Local Development in Central and Eastern Europe, Ashgate; 2005, guest editor, with Christian Joerges, ‘Confronting Memories: European “Bitter Experiences” and the Constitutionalisation Process’, Special Issue, German Law Journal, 6(2).

He is currently principle investigator in the research unit ‘Constitutional Politics in post-Westphalian Europe’ (CoPolis) ( and his current research interests are in the fields of European integration, constitutionalism, democratic deficits, dissent, democratic participation and pro-democracy movements, as well as pragmatic sociology and the (economic) sociology of conventions.

He is a member of the International Editorial Board of the European Journal of Social Theory and professor of European Economics. He has been teaching at Syracuse University in Florence since 2007.


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