About the authors

Collapse or renaissance of Europe?

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

Leonidas Donskis is a Lithuanian philosopher, historian of ideas, political commentator, and critic. He was majoring in philology and theater, and then pursued his graduate studies in philosophy at the University of Vilnius. He later earned his second doctorate in social and moral philosophy from the Univ. of Helsinki. Currently he serves as Director of the Political Science and Diplomacy School at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania. He acts as Foreign Docent of Social and Moral Philosophy at the Univ. of Helsinki. He is the author of nine books, including: Loyalty, Dissent, and Betrayal: Modern Lithuania and East-Central European Moral Imagination (Rodopi, 2005), Forms of Hatred: The Troubled Imagination in Modern Philosophy and Literature (Rodopi, 2003; VIBS-Value Inquiry Book Series Nomination for the 2003 Best Book in Social Philosophy in North America; VIBS 2003 Best Book Award), Identity and Freedom: Mapping Nationalism and Social Criticism in Twentieth-Century Lithuania (Routledge, 2002), and The End of Ideology and Utopia? (Peter Lang, 2000). l.donskis@pmdi.vdu.lt

Pál Koudela is a sociologist and political behavior researcher. He is a docent of Kodolányi János University College and one of the founders of the Institute of Researching Political Behavior at the Eötvös Lóránd University Faculty of Social Sciences, a former researcher of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His research fields are evolutionary interpreting of demographic and political changes. He also researches social history especially the former upper part of Hungary and the later Czechoslovakia. His PhD was about the political changes and its effects on the middle classes in the first Czechoslovakian Republic. He wrote several books and articles on these themes, especially on genealogical historical micro-analysis of the effects of political environment on values and social structures. pkoudela@yahoo.com

Csaba Varga is a Hungarian jurisprudent, Research Professor Emeritus at the Institute for Legal Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Professor Emeritus at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University of Hungary, founder of its Institute for Legal Philosophy. 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—twelve of which are made available on —, he is the author of Jogrendszerek, jogi gondolkodásmódok az európai egységesülés perspektívájában (Magyar körkép – európai uniós összefüggésben) [Legal systems, legal mentalities in the perspective of European unification: Hungarian overview – in an European Union context] (Budapest 2009). In CEPSR he published a long series of papers from its No. 27 in connection with topics he authored on also in his Transition to Rule of Law (Budapest 1995) and Transition? To Rule of Law? Constitutionalism and Transitional Justice Challenged in Central & Eastern Europe (Budapest 2008). varga@jak.ppke.hu

Péter Krisztián Zachar is a Hungarian historian and college professor at Kodolányi János University of Applied Sciences. His major field of research is the genesis and history of civil organizations, the different forms of autonomy, including the study of the theoretical background of advocacy organizations in the 19th century and the current state of economic organizations, especially chambers. He participated in several Hungarian National Science Research Projects (OTKA), the last one with the title “Interest representing and protecting organizations in Hungary and the European Union”. This project dealt with chamber advocacy work in Hungary and Europe, and also included a survey of the economic and social reform experiments in the 20th century. Péter Krisztián Zachar researched the theoretical background of chamber organizations and neo-corporatism in this project. zacharpeter@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