Scientific Annals of “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi (New Series) POLITICAL SCIENCE <em>The Scientific Annals of "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi (New Series). Political science</em> is an annual journal edited by the initiative and under the direction of the Political Science Department of "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University. Its main goal is to make publicly available the most recent scientific contributions of our university research groups and to take part in the exchange of ideas in the field of political science, at a national and international level. en-US Scientific Annals of “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi (New Series) POLITICAL SCIENCE 1842-3221 DIGITAL TOOLS APPLIED IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT. TOWARDS A CASE STUDY <p>This article aims to analyze how the Project Management (PM) has adapted from classical models to the digitization process at a time when the public services are increasingly applying the principles of e-government.</p> <p>The article aims to conduct a qualitative applied analysis of how the project management - seen as a possible service - can function by applying the digital tool ASANA in the project management process, in order to pursue the advantages and the disadvantages of its applicability and try to integrate them into the &nbsp;general theory of project management.</p> DORINA ŢICU Copyright (c) 2022 2022-01-03 2022-01-03 16 1 POWER AND CONSENT AT THE DAWN OF MODERNITY <p>For modern political thought, the idea that there is a strong connection between power, consent and legitimacy is very important. The people are the source of power through the consent they give. The political power derives its legitimacy from the good it achieves. It is the people who evaluate and appreciate this. The limits of the king's power and resistance to oppression are subjects that accompany this approach. At the dawn of modernity, preventing tyranny is a major desideratum. All these ideas will become essential for the contractualist approach and modern political order.</p> BOGDAN CONSTANTIN MIHAILESCU Copyright (c) 2022 2022-01-03 2022-01-03 16 1 E-GOVERNMENT AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES. BLOCKCHAIN AND ITS IMPLICATIONS <p>Current technologies are advancing day by day more and more. In the context of the Covid Crisis 19, digitalization has taken another form, transforming from a desideratum into a practical necessity of everyday life. The most important areas have moved into the digital sphere, with recommendations from the authorities to encourage teleworking and online education. But now we are facing an internet revolution. There are specialists who predict that a new technology, blockchain, will change the face of the internet as we know it today. Along with another important resource that has sparked much geopolitical controversy (the introduction of 5G data transmission) Blockchain has the potential, through the tools it offers, to change the standard of entire sectors of the economy, such as health, transportation, education but and the way we use money today. In this article we will consider a definition of this technology, we will explore the premises of this wave and we will try to highlight some implications of these new tools.</p> EMANUEL ZANOSCHI Copyright (c) 2022 2022-01-03 2022-01-03 16 1 LOCAL PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION IN THE SOCIAL MEDIA ERA <p>Since the beginning of the early 2000s, romanians began to show an increased interest in the new tools meant to facilitate both the information of the citizens and their participation in discussions and debates. It wasn’t long before the citizens discovered the opportunities offered by the Facebook social network, thanks to which they began to move the debates in the virtual environment. The purpose of this article is to understand the degree of which the local public administration has adapted to these requirements and to what extent the halls of the county towns in Romania find a friend in facilitating the interaction with citizens through Facebook. Thus, in this paper I analyze the Facebook pages of the halls of the county towns in Romania in order to understand to what extent they have adopted the Facebook tool in the interaction with the citizens. After presenting the results obtained by each page, I will elaborate a six-step guide&nbsp; that the town halls could follow in order to increase the efficiency of communication on Facebook.</p> EMIL-ANDREI TOESCU Copyright (c) 2022 2022-01-03 2022-01-03 16 1 CAN SOMEONE REAP THE FRUIT BEFORE PLANTING THE TREES? WHY SHOULD ROMANIAN UNIVERSITY MANAGERS REFLECT MORE OFTEN ABOUT THE CHINA MODEL <p>Over the years, as the all-encompassing processes of globalization and neoliberalization unfolded, the Popular Republic of China increasingly deepened its developmental policies intended to increase its technological and economic competitiveness. Chinese universities experimented with various forms of managerial techniques imported from the West, including those inspired by the neoliberal ideology. Their achievements in the field of tertiary education were so impressive that they easily became a source of inspiration for neoliberal managers aspiring to „excellence” all around the world. On the other hand, in post-socialist Europe, stuck in an unsatisfying and unfulfilled search for ideal neoliberal productivity models, Romanian university managers are still obsessing with pushing their institutions among the ones listed by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), while many Romanian researchers are seeking to publish in Chinese journals. Some of them look up with envy to the generous incentives that Chinese public universities are providing in order to increase their publication output. However, the interest for debating or critically understanding the governance behind all these trends is barely visible. More often than not, researchers and experts alike are happy to believe that their academic work has nothing to do with politics or ideology. Few are questioning the political bases of neoliberal reforms at home, and even fewer are trying find out more about what really happens in China. In this paper I will try to incite questions or working hypotheses about the ideology of neoliberal competitiveness by encouraging Romanian readers to reflect upon issues and debates informed by the prestige-driven university reforms experimented over the last three decades by the Popular Republic of China. Also, the paper will provide some useful bibliographical suggestions for those who want to dive deeper and better understand recent policy directions adopted by the Communist Party of China in this field.</p> OVIDIU GHERASIM-PROCA Copyright (c) 2022 2022-01-03 2022-01-03 16 1 THE LITERARY AVANT-GARDE OF IASI: A POLITICAL READING <p>The literary avant-garde of Iasi, structured around the magazines ”Prospect” and ”XX – literatură contimporană”, builds its identity through affinities with the magazine 'UNU' and the Bucharest avant-garde. Although a left-wing sensibility brings them closer to those of 'Viata romaneasca', their aesthetic attitudes differ significantly. The article also deals with the political divide within the fragile avant-garde movement in Iasi, as well as the biographical and political metamorphoses of the members of this movement after the installation of the totalitarian regime.</p> DAN LUNGU Copyright (c) 2022 2022-01-03 2022-01-03 16 1 Andrei Ursu, Roland O. Thomasson, Mădălin Hodor, Trăgători şi mistificatori: contrarevoluţia Securităţii în decembrie 1989, Polirom, 2019 <p>***</p> Ovidiu Gherasim-Proca Copyright (c) 2022 2022-01-03 2022-01-03 16 1