About the authors


Gianfranco Pasquino is an Italian political scientist. Since 1983, is head of the Department of Politics, University of Bologna, and Visiting Scholar: Spring Quarter, University of California, Los Angeles (1998), Instituto Juan March, Madrid (1999), Christchurch College, Oxford (2001). He was the editor of the journal „Il Mulino„ between 1980 and 1984, and „The Italian Review of Political Science„ between 2001 and 2003. He was a senator in Italien Senate. Between 1983 and 1992, and 1994 and 1996 as a representative of the Independent Left and the Alliance of Progressives, respectively. In 2005 he was elected member of the Italian National Academy of Sciences. His field is comparative political studies in South European countries, transition and democratisation process, contemporary Italian and Central European politics and the European Union. Recent Publications: La democrazia esigente (1997, Spanish translation: Fondo de Cultura Economica 1999), 1945-1995 La politica in Italia (1997), Corso di scienza politica (1997, 2000), La classe politica (1999, Spanish translation: Acento Editorial, 2000), Capire l’Europa (1999), La transizione a parole (2000), Critica della sinistra italiana (2001), Co-editor: Dizionario di Politica (1976, 1983, 1990; Spanish and Portuguese translations), Sistemi politici comparati (2007), Nuevo curso en de ciencia política (2011). gianfranco.pasquino@unibo.it

Csaba Varga is a Hungarian jurisprudent, emeritus research professor at the Institute for Legal Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and emeritus professor at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University of Hungary, who has founded its Institute for Legal Philosophy. In addition to transition to rule of law (with the juristic nature of theancien régime, facing the crimes of the Socialist past, as well as civil obedience/disobedience included), which became a standing research topic to him by the time he had served 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 sixteen authored and nineteen edited books of which are made available on <http://drcsabavarga.wordpress.com>, 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

Peter Bischof is a Hungarian student. In 2009 he was admitted to the BA training in the Politological Department of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pécs, where he graduated with honours. Currently he is an MA student at Political Science Department of University of Pécs. In 2011 he has got the Hungarian Furmann-Prize for his present published articles. bischof.pte.btk@gmail.com

José Villegas is an Argentinean social scientist. He was born in 1960. He is author of “History in Argentina”; “Juan Crisóstomo Lafinur: Master of Ideas”; “Scenes in the History of San Luis”; “History of the Book and Graphic Arts”; “History of Anger”; “San José Cemetery: Patrimony in Architecture”; “The Legislative Provincial Council of San Luis (1810 – 2010)”. At present is columnist in the weekly paper “La Opinión” (2012). At the National University of San Luis taught “An approach to the study of the Argentine Reality” and lectured on “American History in the XX Century”. He is the author of a “Regional Encyclopaedia”, the “Catalogue of authors and their publications in San Luis” and has lectured on “Academic Upgrading of Regional studies in San Luis”, amongst other post-graduate courses, seminars and Conferences. Participant of various seminars in Peru, Chile, Cuba, and México. In San Luis of Argentina, he has been Minister of Social Works; Director of the Department on Social Inclusion and Head of the Historical and Cultural Patrimony; He was Vice-chairman of the Argentine Writers Association – S.A.D.E. in San Luis chapter, and is Chairman of Centre on Studies on (South and North) American Thought / Centro de Estudios del Pensamiento Americano – C.E.PA.” josevillegasruz@gmail.com

Kinga Szabó-Tóth is a Hungarian sociologist (1974, Miskolc). She finished her studies in Miskolc (BA, MA). She was fellows at the University of Manchester (2001-2002). She has got PhD degree at the University of Corvinus Budapest. She is teaching at the Institute of Sociology, University of Miskolc, and since 1998 she is the director of the institute. Her research topic is ethnic identity, Roma issues, studies on intellectuals, family-sociology. tothkinga@index.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

Dávid Furmann (1979-2006) was a Hungarian political scientist, PhD student and young, talent Central European intellectual. He was an eminence student, graduated in 2004 at the Miskolc of University. He wrote his thesis about the meaning of left and right in politics. In 2005 he participated in the „Intensif Socrates-Erasmus Program„ for political scientists, organized by the Université Catholique de Louvain about „Citoyenneté, Identités, Legitimité et Gouvernance dans l’Union Européen multiniveaux”. In 2006 he finished his study at the Central European University (History MA). He wrote his thesis about „Inter-war Discussions on the Central European Identity in Hungary„. His post-humus book came out in 2007: Köztes Európa (Europe „in Between„). The „Fundation Furmann„ and the „Annual Price of David Furmann„ for young political scientists has been named after him to conserve his memory.

Alessandro Marengo, born in 1986, Rome, Italy, and has been living in Hungary since 1989. After graduating from Xántus János Linguistic High School in Budapest, has worked with several companies in Italy as a translator, and a chief executive officer. His Italian and Hungarian background contributed to have an exceptional view of Europe, both of the western „developed„ countries and the former communist Eastern nations, making him a staunch conservative. Currently he studies International Relations at the Kodolányi János University in Budapest. His future plans are to become a national security expert, dealing with security issues of the XXI. Century. He translated some works of Leonardo Morlino from Italian language to Hungarian.marengo.alessandro@kodo.hu