About the authors

Rethinking the art of politics

Stuart Holland is a British Labour politician and academic. Formerly he was a Member of the House of Commons and Shadow Minister for Development Cooperation, when he worked closely with Willy Brandt, then Shadow Financial Secretary to the UK Treasury. In his twenties he was personal adviser on European affairs to Harold Wilson, and gained the consent of Charles De Gaulle to the 2nd British application to join the EEC. He proposed the case for a New Messina Conference which was endorsed by Andreas Papandreou and François Mitterrand and led to the commitment to economic and social cohesion in the first revision of the Rome Treaty in the 1986 Single European Act. He proposed Union Bonds and a European Investment Fund in a 1993 report to Jacques Delors. As an adviser to António Guterres he recommended that the terms of reference of the European Investment Bank should include investments in health, education, urban renewal and environment, as well as green technology and innovation which has enabled the EIB to quadruple its total borrowing and investments since 1997 and to offer the potential to fulfill the aspirations of the EU for a European Economic Recovery Programme. sholland@fe.uc.pt

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

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

György (George) Schöpflin is a British-Hungarian historian and political scientist and Emeritus professor. He was Jean Monnet Professor of Politics at the University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies. Currently he is elected Hungarian Member of the European Parliament, and visiting professor at the University of Bologna. He is author of 24 books on Central Europe: The dilemmas of Identity (2005); Nation, Identity, Power: The New Politics of Europe (London, Hurst, 2000); Politics in Central Europe 1944-1992 (Oxford, Blackwell, 1993). He is member of International Advisor Committee of Central European Political Science Review.gschopflin@clara.co.uk

Janka Teodóra Nagy is lawyer and social scientist, Hungarian Professor and Director of Institute of Social Worker and Social Politicy of High School of University of Pécs. She finished her study at the Faculty of Law – University of Pecs. She wrote her PhD in the University of Pecs about: The Renovation of the Hungarian Law System during the EU Integration Process. Her current research topic is:  “Region, Community, Quality – Unemployment, Rehabilitation and Building for Job”. She published 11 books in Hungary. She was visiting professor in Slovakia and Romania.  jankateodora@freemail.hu

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