Dr Vladimir Bortun

vladimir bortun

Vlad is a critical political scientist interested in political elites, left parties, transnational politics, and the EU.

With a background in political philosophy (BA and MA at the University of Bucharest) and European Studies (MA at the University of Portsmouth), he holds a PhD in political science from the University of Portsmouth (2019). His thesis explored the transnational networking and cooperation among left parties in Southern Europe during the Eurozone crisis.

Between 2019 and 2022, Vlad worked as a postdoctoral researcher on the MIGRADEMO project hosted by the Department of Political Science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. The project explores the impact of migration on political processes in countries of origin. Vlad's work focused on the impact of migration experience on political elites.

As of the end of 2022, he works as a Postdoctoral Fellow on the Changing Elites project, hosted by the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford and dealing with how social and institutional change has altered the processes of elite formation in the UK over time. Here, Vlad focuses on the impact of class background on the ideology and decision-making of power elites. 

At the same time, he is developing a research agenda around the class character of right-wing populist parties in Western Europe. He is interested, in particular, in their economic policymaking and the class background of their party elites.

Vlad's work is rooted in a historical materialist approach and has been published so far in the Journal of Common Market Studies, Capital & Class, New Political Science, Qualitative Research, and European Political Science. 

His first book was published in October 2023 by Palgrave Macmillan under the title "Crisis, Austerity and Transnational Party Cooperation in Southern Europe: The Radical Left's Lost Decade"


Current projects


Bortun, Vladimir. (2023). Crisis, Austerity and Transnational Party Cooperation in Southern Europe: The Radical Left's Lost Decade. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Articles in peer reviewed journals  

 Bortun, Vladimir. (2023). A Reconceptualization of the Party Family: SYRIZA, Podemos, and the Emergence of the Neo-Reformist Left. New Political Science. https://doi.org/10.1080/07393148.2023.2235213

Pelek, Deniz, Bortun, Vladimir, Østergaard-Nielsen, Eva. (2023). Emerging ethical challenges in researching vulnerable groups during the COVID-19. Qualitative Research. https://doi.org/10.1177/14687941231176945

Bortun, Vladimir. (2022). Plan B for Europe: The Birth of ‘Disobedient Euroscepticism’? JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 60(5), 1416-1431 https://doi.org/10.1111/jcms.13313  

Bortun, Vladimir. (2021). ‘SYRIZA and Podemos, we shall overcome’? Left transnational cooperation in times of crisis. Capital & Class. https://doi.org/10.1177/03098168211061585   

Heard‑Lauréote, Karen, Bortun, Vladimir & Kreuschitz‑Markovic, Milan. (2020). The interest‑boosting effects of political simulations as university outreach activities with secondary school pupils in the UK. European Political Science, 19, 387–400 https://doi.org/10.1057/s41304-020-00257-y  

Heard‑Lauréote, Karen, Bortun, Vladimir & Kreuschitz‑Markovic, Milan. (2019). The Effectiveness of Simulations as an Outreach Tool: Using Simulations to Boost Interest in EU-Related Higher Education Study. Journal of Contemporary European Research, 15(1), 94-109. https://doi.org/10.30950/jcer.v15i1.986 

Other publications 

Bortun, Vladimir. (2023). Book review of "Alt-Finance: How the City of London Bought Democracy" by Marlène Benquet and Théo Bourgeron (London: Pluto Press, 2022). OxPol blog. https://blog.politics.ox.ac.uk/review-of-alt-finance-how-the-city-of-lon...

Bortun, Vladimir. (2022). “Neither in, nor out: How the Eurozone crisis gave rise to Disobedient Euroscepticism”. The JCMS Blog. Available at: https://jcms.ideasoneurope.eu/2022/01/19/neither-in-nor-out-how-the-eurozone-crisis-gave-rise-to-disobedient-euroscepticism/?fbclid=IwAR0FDCNJYTGa1iPHSyb6wyU7OV-i-hwMPm39lREXXb-0AngJn8DdBw1P9Lw  

Bortun, Vladimir. (2020). “Romanian legislative elections in the diaspora: record participation and the emergence of the nationalist vote”. MIGRADEMO Blog posts. Available at: https://migrademo.eu/romanian-legislative-elections-in-the-diaspora-record-participation-and-the-emergence-of-the-nationalist-vote/  

Bortun, Vladimir. (2020). “Local elections in Romania reveal interesting nexus between return migration and local politics”. MIGRADEMO Blog posts. Available at: https://migrademo.eu/local-elections-in-romania-reveal-interesting-nexus-between-return-migration-and-local-politics/  

Bortun, Vladimir. (2020). “Neither exit, nor reform: For a transitional approach to the EU”. Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. Available at: https://brexitblog-rosalux.eu/2020/05/27/neither-exit-nor-reform/  

Bortun, Vladimir. (2019). “The modest performance of radical left parties in the European elections reflected their limited transnational cooperation”. EUROPP – European Politics and Policy Blog. Available at: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2019/06/18/the-modest-performance-of-radical-left-parties-in-the-european-elections-reflected-their-limited-transnational-cooperation/#Author   

Bortun, Vladimir. (2019). Book review of The Unfinished History of European Integration, by W. Meurs, R. Bruin, L. Grift, C. Hoetink, K. Leeuwen and C. Reijnen (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018). Journal of Common Market Studies, 57(1), 175-176. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcms.12853 

Bortun, Vladimir. (2019). “European elections in Romania”. Transform Europe blog. Available at: https://www.transform-network.net/focus/overview/article/ep-2019-the-european-left-one-mouth-many-voices/european-elections-in-romania/  

Bortun, Vladimir. (2018). Book review of Anti-Austerity Left Parties in the European Union: Competition, coordination and integration, by E. Calossi (Pisa: Pisa University Press, 2016). Journal of Contemporary European Research, 14(1), 50-52  

Bortun, Vladimir. (2009). “Robert Nozick: The dominant agency vs natural rights”. Romanian Journal of Analytic Philosophy, 2, 104-114