Mihai-Vladimir TOPAN

Academic Year:

Field of Study:
Political Science

Research Program:
NEC Odobleja

Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest



Research project: Classical Liberalism in Romania: The Case of Emanuel Neuman

In this paper we try to rescue from oblivion a man and his work. At the same time we try to uncover traces of genuine classical liberal thought on Romanian soil. Emanuel Neuman – “Manole” from Nicolae Steinhardt’s Journal of Happiness – wrote a PhD thesis in constitutional law entitled The Limits of State Power which he defended (but did not properly publish) in 1937. We will try to shed light on the importance of this work and the ideas contained therein and also present some biographical details of this very discreet man who immigrated to Brussels in 1960 and lived there until his death in 1995

A full-length study is available here.