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Laurenţiu ŞTEFAN

Laurenţiu is currently an associate professor at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Bucharest (Romania). He studied political science for degree or as research fellow at various higher education institutions in Romania, UK (University of Cambridge) and Austria (Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen). Most of his research focuses on recruitment of political elites, at both the national and local level (including legislators and cabinet ministers). His main research interests also include parliament, political parties, coalition politics and political careers. He is the author of Patterns of Political Elite Recruitment in Post-Communist Romania (2004) and Who Governs Romania? Profiles of Romanian Political Elites before and after 1989 (2012) and contributed to many edited volumes, including Parliamentary Elites in Central and Eastern Europe (Routledge, 2013) edited by Elena Semenova, Michael Edinger and Heinrich Best. He was the founder and first president of the Romanian Society of Political Science. Since January 2015 he heads the domestic politics department as Presidential Counselor for the Presidency of Romania.