About the authors

Political culture in Central Europe

Vladimir Olegovich Rukavisnyikov is a Russian political scientist. He is Professor at the Faculty of Global Politics and Global Economics of the State University-Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia since 2003. Prior to 2003 he worked in the Institute of Socio-Political Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences where he also occupied a Deputy Director position in early 1990s.  Since the late 1980s his researches were focused on Russian politics and public opinion trends; Russian and western foreign policies, global competitiveness and political culture transformations, international security, and related topics. He has published more than two hundred articles, and has authored over a dozen of books in many countries. His most recent monograph has the title Cholodnaya Voina, Cholodnyi Mir. (Cold War, Cold Peace: the US and European public opinion on the USSR/Russia, security and foreign policy), Moscow, 2005.rukavish@hotmail.com

Krzysztóf Zagorski has obtained his PhD degree in sociology at the University of Warsaw and habilitation in the Polish Academy of Sciences. Currently he is professor at the Koźmiński University in Warsaw. He was director of the Public Opinion Research Center (CBOS) in Warsaw. Formerly he worked in Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences; Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, the University of Melbourne; Research School of Social Sciences, the Australian National University; Central Statistical Office, Warsaw and several other Polish academic institutions. He has published many books and articles on political sociology, stratification and social research. He has co-authored and co-edited a book „New Reality: Evaluations and Opinions 1989-99„ (Dialog-CBOS, Warsaw 2000), summarizing public opinion research during the transformation decade.k.zagorski@cbos.pl

Viola Varga Diósi is a Hungarian political scientist in Subotica, Serbia. She finished her MA at the University of Belgrade, Department of International Business and International Marketing (Serbia) and University of Miskolc (Hungary). She is one of the most important leaders of the Hungarian minorities (VIFO) in Vojvodina-Serbia. Currently she is owner and director of Representers Ltd. PR and Marketing Limited. Her research topic is political culture, minority rights, and decision making process in the business. diosiviola@gmail.com

Arvydas Guogis is a Lituaninan political scientist, sociologist and associate professor. He is working at Public Administration Department of Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania. His scientific interests are related to social policy, social administration and public administration research methodology. He is the author of 5 books and 100 articles in Lithuania and abroad on the above mentioned subjects.a.guogis@gmail.com

Audrius Bitinas is Lituanian lawyer and sociologist associate professor. He is  working at Legal Department of Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania. His scientific interests are related to social law, social policy and social administration. In several years he has plenty of publications in France and Lithuania. andrei.pantu@gmail.com

Andrei Pantu is a Romanian political scientist. He obtained BA degree in Political Science and International Relations, at American University in Bulgaria (2008), and MA degree in Political Philosophy, Leiden University (expected to graduate in 2010). Work experience: Procter&Gamble (2008-2009). andrei.pantu@gmail.com

Csaba Varga is a Hungarian jurisprudent, scientific adviser at the Institute for Legal Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and professor at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University of Hungary, founding director of its Institute for Legal Philosophy, accredited as a “Place of Excellence” since 2006. In addition to transition to rule of law which became one of his standing research topics when he served as a member of the Advisory Board to the Prime Minister of Hungary after the first free election (between 1991–1994), his interest has ranged from legal philosophy & methodology via patterns of judicial thought to comparative legal cultures. In addition to his twelve authored and nineteen edited books in English or German, his relevant publications do include Coming to Terms with the Past under the Rule of Law (Budapest 1994, “Windsor Klub” series) and Transition to Rule of Law (Budapest 1995, „Philosophiae Iuris” series), as well as Transition? to Rule of Law? Constitutionalism and Transition Justice Challenged in Central & Eastern Europe. (Budapest 2008, “PoLíSz könyvek” series).varga@jak.ppke.hu

Márton Sulyok is a Hungarian PhD Candidate of the Department of Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Szeged. His research focuses on the role info-communication technologies play in the transformation of legal frameworks in the information society and the examination of the effects on the status and development of electronic governance mechanisms in Hungary. Legal coordinator of the Project WordNet (2008) at University of Szeged: digital legal terminology database for inter-lingual use in administrative back office communications; Contributor to the EU-Canada Cooperation (Challenge Project) in 2008. The current article was conceived when working as a visiting researcher at the Academie de Louvain, Facultés Universitaires Notre Dame de la Paix, Centre de Recherche Informatique et Droit.  msulyok@juris.u-szeged.hu.

Krisztina Kopasz is a Hungarian PhD Candidate of the Department of Regional Science and Economic, at Széchenyi István University  Győr. Her research focuses on the effectiveness of the Cohesion Policy in Hungary, and absorbing the Structural and the Cohesion Funds. She is a demonstrator at the Budapest Business School Department of European Union and International Economy.)The author has big experiences in implementation and working out EU projects and applications fields of human resources and environment and energy.   kopasz.krisztina@kkfk.bgf.hu

The Budapest Analyses was launched in 2002 with the collaboration of policy analysts, economists and social scientists, dedicated to sharing, protecting and disseminating a common value system. His value aims to protect the pillars of human- and minority rights, political pluralism, the democratic constitutional state and the protection of national heritages – into the European system of cooperation. He continues to consider interpreting and evaluating events affecting Central Europe in accordance with our value system. While he published one analysis fortnightly on average, from now on this frequency will increase significantly – hopefully, to the liking of our readership. The previous newsletters can be accessed in the Analyses Archive. Prof. Ivan Bába is the editor-in-chief. www.budapestanalyses.hu

Mariann Dobó is a Hungarian is a Hungarian political scientist, sociologist and teacher at the College of Eger. She is expert on settlement development. Currently she is Phd student at the University of Pécs of Hungary. Her research topic is decision making and strategy planning of local governments and their regional impacts, analysis of conflicts between local governments of minorities and settlements, education and youth policies.mariann.dobo@gmail.com