About the authors

The theory in practice in Central Europe

Ashok Kumar Upadhyay is an Indian professor of political philosophy at the University of Benares, Varanasi. He was a visiting scholar at Institute for Political Science of Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest by Indo-Hungarian Cultural Exchange Programme. He is working on the questions relating to Multiculturalism and Democratic Governance. In India he is an Associate Professor of Political Science at S.M.M.Town Postgraduate College, Ballia and of University of Varanasi (Benares). He has published many research articles in different academic journals on the themes such as Rawlsian Social Order, Rawls’ Two Principles of Justice, and Issues before Democratic Governance. He wrote a book on Rawls Concept of Justice (2006).ashokb5@rediffmail.com

Levente Nagy is a Hungarian Political Scientist, Associate Professor at the University of Debrecen. He graduated at the University of Toronto, and obtained PhD at the University of Debrecen. His main fields of research are: Social Contract Theory (with special attention to seventeenth century England), Political values and ideologies, history of concepts, elections and the Hungarian electoral system.  levde@freemail.hu nagyl@nyf.hu

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. In addition to transition to rule of law (with facing the past as well as civil obedience/disobedience included), having become a standing research topic by the time of his serving, as a member of the Advisory Board, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Hungary between 1991–1994, his interest ranges from legal philosophy & methodology via patterns of judicial thought to comparative legal cultures. In addition to his fourteen authored and nineteen edited books in English/German, his relevant publications do include Coming to Terms with the Past under the Rule of Law (Budapest 1994, “Windsor Klub” series), Transition to Rule of Law (Budapest 1995, „Philosophiae Iuris” series) and Transition? to Rule of Law? Constitutionalism and Transitional Justice Challenged in Central & Eastern Europe (Budapest 2008, “PoLíSz könyvek” series). varga@jak.ppke.hu

György Csepeli is a Hungarian professor of social psychology. He chairs the Interdisciplinary Social Studies Doctoral Program at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Eörvös Loránd University, Budapest, and president of Hungarian Sociological Association. His research focuses on social psychology of intergroup relations, anti-Semitism and comparative sociological investigation on national identity. Recently his research interest has turned toward problems of information society with a special emphasize on information inequality comparing the individual European societies.csepeli.gyorgy@gmail.com

Istvan Muranyi PhD is Deputy-Head of the Institute of Political Science and Sociology (University of Debrecen) and has extensive experience of managing large scale research projects. This includes collaboration in a number of EU-funded projects including: ENRI ‘European, National and Regional Identity – Theory and Practice’ (Hungary-Romania Crossborder Cooperation Programme), 2009-11, working group leader; HURO 0801/180 project, participant; PARADYS, EU FP5 HPSE-CT-2001-00050, 2001-2004, participant. His personal research interests are in the sociology of youth, political socialization, national identity and prejudice, He has published ten books and over 60 journal articles and book chapters. Recent relevant publications include: (2010) ‘Tizenévesek előítéletessége és demokráciához való viszonya’ [Teenagers’ prejudice and relation to democracy] Új Ifjúsági Szemle [New Youth Review], 1: pp. 51-60.; (2005) Identitás és előítélet [Identity and prejudice], Budapest: ÚMK. : University of Debrecen, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, H-4010 Debrecen, Egyetem tér 1. Hungary, e-mail: muranyi@chello.hu

Zoltán Berényi holds MA degrees in history and philosophy at the University of Debrecen in Hungary and a Ph.D. in European Integration Studies at the Queen’s University of Belfast, UK. He is now working as associate professor of political science at the University of Debrecen, Hungary. During the past few years his research has focused on the interrelation between the development of civil society and political institutions, on citizen’s involvement in EU plant biotechnology policy making as well as on the effect of European integration on Hungarian policy-making. His current research project is related to the increasing affinity of young people towards political extremism in the European Union. University of Debrecen, Department of Political Science, 4010 Debrecen, Egyetem tér 1. Hungary, e-mail: berzol@delfin.unideb.hu

Ates Uslu a Turkish historian and political scientists. He obtained the MA degree in Eötvös Lóránd University of Hungary. His research topics are the history of Central Europe (19th-20th centuries), political philosophy, philosophy of law, history of opera, national identities, and nationalism. Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I)  Lukács: Marx’a Giden Yol  Istanbul: Chiviyazıları Vol. 1 in the series Nemesis(2006); Lukács ve Gerçekçilik  Istanbul: Chiviyazıları Vol. 2 in the series Nemesis (2010); Mihály Károlyi et la France (1909-1919) Thesis/Dissertation completed at Université Panthéon Sorbonne (Paris I) 2006; La genèse des intellectuels hongrois de la Révolution hongroise de 1956 (XIXe siècle-1956) (Thesis/Dissertation completed at Galatasaray Univ. (2005). Un aperçu général sur la réception de Lukács en Turquie ; Lukács : Actualité de son œuvre (subjectivité et historicité), Book Chapter in Valódi műhely: A Szegedi Lukács Kör története, 1979-2004. (2005). ates.uslu@malix.univ-paris1.fr

Barnabás Kiss is a Hungarian associate professor specialized in constitutional law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Szeged. So far he has published more than 50 of his works including studies, books and textbooks for students. His early works are concerned with the development of European constitutions; in his latter works he is engaged in human rights, especially in the questions of equality and prohibition of discrimination. His PhD thesis, „Equality of Rights – Right to Equality” was also published in 2006. barnus@juris.u-szeged.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