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About Daniel Smilov

Daniel Smilov is a comparative constitutional lawyer and political scientist. He is programme director at the Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia; associate professor of political theory at the University of Sofia and visiting professor of comparative constitutional law at the Central European University, Budapest. His work includes (with Martin Tisne) From the Ground Up: Assessing the Record of Anticorruption Assistance in Southeast Europe (Central European University Press, 2004); (co-edited with Denis Galligan) Administrative Law in Central and Eastern Europe (CEU Press, 1999); (co-edited with Jurij Toplak) Political Finance and Corruption in Eastern Europe (Ashgate, 2007)

Articles by Daniel Smilov

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The argument against compassion: Europe and the refugees

These justifications seem to be logically weak: the problem, however, is that they capture the imagination of large masses of people in Europe.

Bulgaria's terror attack: a democratic test

The response by Bulgaria's authorities to the mid-summer killing of Israeli tourists reflects the country's lack of experience of international terrorism, as well as specific internal democratic deficits. In such a context there is now a danger of overreaction, says Daniel Smilov.

Bulgaria’s tense week: spark, fire, and solvent

A local incident turned national conflict mixing anti-Roma sentiment and nationalist mobilisation reveals flaws in Bulgaria’s political order that demand a coherent response, says Daniel Smilov.
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