About the authors

The qualities of democracies

Leonardo Morlino is Italian professor of Political Science at LUISS, Rome. He is also the President of International Political Science Association (IPSA) (2009-12). In 2004 he was awarded the Jean Monnet Chair in European Studies. He was Bechtel Visiting Professor at Stanford University, Stanford, Ca, (USA) (2002-3); Jemolo Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford University (UK) in 1998, 2007, and 2009; visiting Professor at Institute Juan March in Madrid (Spain) in 1995-96; visiting Professor at Institute d’Etudes Politiques in Paris (France) in 1992-93, 1993-94, and 2008; and Monte dei Paschi Fellow at St. Anthony’s College,  Oxford in 2010. He is the author, co-author or editor of 30 volumes and of about 200 chapters in books or articles in journals, published in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Mongolian. His books include: Introduzione alla ricerca comparata, Bologna, Il Mulino (2005) (Spanish and French translations 2008); Democrazie e democratizzazioni, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2003 (Span. transl. 2005 and 2009); Democracy Between Consolidation and Crisis. Parties, Groups, and Citizens in Southern Europe, Oxford, Oxford University Press 1998 (Italian translation 2008); Como cambian los regimenes politicos, Madrid, CEC, 1985; morlino@luiss.it

Bedrudin Brljavac received his B.A. in Political Science and Public Administration at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. He completed the Master Programme in European Affairs (MEA) at Lund University in Sweden as the scholarship holder of the Swedish Institute. He has regularly written columns for national and international magazines and daily newspapers such as Dnevni avaz, Novi horizonti, Open Democracy, Political Thought etc. Meanwhile he has worked on a number of national and international research projects. In addition, he has had several translations from English and Turkish into Bosnian. His research interests are Transnational Relations, Soft Power, Europeanization, EU Enlargement Policy, Human Capital, Education Policy, Democratization Theory, International Organizations, and Western Balkans Politics. bedrudin07@yahoo.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. In addition to transition to rule of law (with the juristic nature of the ancien régime, facing the crimes of the Socialist 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 overall interest has ever ranged 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- eleven of which are made available on . 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

Mikolaj Czesnik is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences and in the Political Science Department of the Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities. He is a member of the research team of the Polish National Election Study. He has been also involved in many international projects, including CIVICACTIVE, INTUNE, PIREDEU, MARPOR, COST. His main field of interest is voting behaviour, particularly electoral participation.mczesnik@isppan.waw.pl

Mihály Csákó is a Hungarian sociologist at the Janos Wesley Clerical Building High School of Budapest. He was president of the Hungarian Association of Sociology (2000) and director of the Institute of Sociology of University ELTE Budapest (1998-1999). His research topics are economy and society in Eastern Europe 1945-1989; the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, and the problem of youth political socialization, primary schools and workforce.  mcsako@gmail.com

József N. Szabó is a Hungarian political scientist. He is professor and head of Department of International Relations in the Faculty of Economic and Social Science at the College of Nyíregyháza, Hungary. He has been member of the Academy of New York since 2003 and a Visiting Professor of University of Paris Sud since 2002. His mayor field of research is the relation of culture and politics in the post-war Hungary and history of the Hungarian cultural diplomacy. nszaboj@nyf.hu