On Job Agencies in Sicily

When I was a teenager, I went to school. In the sense that I simply went to school. I was neither a terrible student nor a geek. I simply brought my human body to school and tried to pass the exams. I have been expelled from the first high school I attended one year later …

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Repugnant Transactions and Human Trafficking

This week I attended a lecture by Alvin E. Roth, Nobel Prize Winner for economics in 2012 (Prize winner together with Lloyd S. Shapley). The topic of the lecture was ‘Repugnant Transactions as a Constraint to Markets’. The lecture was based on a well-known article published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives. For those of …

On My Difficulties of Working on Post-Communist Transformation

As my work encompasses processes of democratization and consolidation of democratic institutions in former authoritarian regimes, I have often been subjected to attacks from security services of post-communist countries. During my teaching activities at the Centre for German and European Studies of the State University of Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation), I was often followed by …

From the Academia to Involuntary Infiltrate

Until June 2011, I was research associate at the Centre d’études européennes of Sciences Po, Paris, but I held appointments at European and non-European universities, and was an international consultant for Unicef. My work encompasses the fields of European Studies, Political Sociology, Comparative Politics and International Political Economy. My research concentrates on the ways in …