Paul Dragos Aligica

Paul Dragos Aligica

  • Senior Research Fellow
  • Senior Fellow, F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Paul Dragos Aligica is a senior research fellow and senior fellow at the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

Aligica specializes in institutional theory, public choice, social change, and Austrian economics. He has authored seven books. His recent book Institutional Diversity and Political Economy: The Ostroms and Beyond was published by Oxford University Press in 2014.

Aligica has written for the Wall Street Journal Europe and a wide variety of academic journals, including American Political Science Review, Public Choice, Revue française d’economie, Constitutional Political Economy, Economic Affairs, Society, East European Economics, Comparative Strategy, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and Governance: International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions.

Aligica has been a consultant for the United Nations Development Program, the World Bank, European Union (EU) organizations, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Aligica received his PhD in political science from Indiana University Bloomington.

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Published Research

Paul Dragos Aligica, Anthony Evans | Jan 2016
This paper is an attempt to contribute to the microfoundations debate by discussing the distinctive methodological characteristics of the Austrian school, and how they relate to different conceptions of equilibrium and general equilibrium models.
Paul Dragos Aligica | Oct 2015
The objective of this chapter is twofold: first, to show how descriptive and analytical process theory requires and transmutes into a specific form of normative process theory and, second, to identify the convergence points with the existing relevant literatures, themes, and theoretical perspectives that are (or should be) part of the conceptual and logical elaboration of this normative political economy framework.
Paul Dragos Aligica, | May 01, 2014
This paper elaborates the notion of “crony capitalism” and advances an innovative approach to the analysis of the phenomenon in case, seen as a type of rent-seeking society. The argument leads to a pioneering attempt to elaborate an original theory of crony capitalism as a sui generis system.
Paul Dragos Aligica | Aug 2013
In this review essay, Paul Dragos Aligica reviews Pragmatist Democracy: Evolutionary Learning as Public Philosophy by Christopher K. Ansell, Sufficient Reason: Volitional Pragmatism and the Meaning of Economic Institutions by Daniel W. Bromley, and The Priority of Democracy: Political Consequences of Pragmatism by Jack Knight and James Johnson.

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Paul Dragos Aligica | Jan 2014
In this book, Paul Dragos Aligica discusses some of the most challenging ideas emerging out of the research program on institutional diversity associated with Elinor Ostrom and her associates, while outlining a set of new research directions and an original interpretation of the significance and future of this program.
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