About the authors

THE CULTURAL DYNAMICS OF DEMOCRACIES

Máté Szabó is Hungarian Ombudsman, and professor of political science of the University Eötvös Loránd, Faculty of State and Law, Institute of the Political Science and he is the ombudsman of the Hungarian Republic since 2007. He was a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Hamburg, Berlin, Mainz and Frankfurt an der Oder in Germany, and was a visiting fellow of the Netherlands Institute of the Advanced Studies, Wassenaar, and of the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. He is specialized in civil society, social movements and political protest. His published several books, his main publications are The Challenge of Europeanization in the Region: East Central Europe (eds.). HPSA: Budapest. 1996.; “Policing Towards Movement and Countermovement Mobilization” in: Central European Political Science Review (Vol. 1. No. 2.) 2000/2.143-174.; “Political Science in Hungary” in: Hans-Dieter Klingemann – Ewa Kulesza – Annette Legutke (eds.): The State of Political Science in Central and Eastern Europe. Ed. Sigma. Berlin. 2002. 129-157.
matedoc@ludens.elte.hu

Arvydas Guogis defended his doctoral dissertation in political science at Vilnius University in 1993, and in 2006 he accomplished the habilitation procedure in the area of management and administration at Mykolas Romeris University. Prof. dr. Guogis has worked in a number of public, private and nongovernmental organizations both in Lithuania and abroad as a political scientist, sociologist, public relations specialist and journalist. Since 2001 he has been working as an associate professor, in 2012 he started working as a professor at the Department of Public Administration of Mykolas Romeris University, and in 2013 he took the office of a professor at the Institute of Public Adminis162 tration of Mykolas Romeris University. The areas of academic interest are: social security, social policy and globalization, the new public governance. Prof. dr. Guogis has published more than 100 of academic articles, is the author and co-author of 7 monographs and is actively publishing his articles in popular periodical magazines and portals. His scientific articles have been published in such international reviewed journals as Journal of Baltic Studies and International Review on Public and Non-profit Marketing. The geography of the articles and books that prof. dr. Guogis has published reaches as far as the USA, Canada, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Spain, Greece, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Romania, Latvia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. He has written a number of chapters for books, which were published by the following publishing houses: Nova Science Publishers, Mykolas Romeris University and Eugrimas.

Adomas Vincas Rakšnys is a master of Public Administration of the Faculty of Politics and Management at Mykolas
Romeris University. He is the author of seventeen academic articles which have been included into the foreign data bases of reviewed journals. The articles have been published in the journals which is included into ISI Web of Science, SCOPUS, EBSCO Publishing, Inc. International Index Copernicus LOGIN, GESIS Service Agency Eastern Europe, C.E.E.O.L., ULRICH’S, PROQUEST, Norwegian Social Science Data Services, Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory and East View. The geography of the articles that Adomas Vincas Rakšnys has published reaches as far as Azerbaijan, Russia, Hungary, Slovakia, Estonia. The areas of academic interest are the problems of modernization of public administration, the opportunities of the synthesis of philosophical discourse with public governance and postmodernism.

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, founder of its Institute for Legal Philosophy, accredited as a “Place of Excellence”. A laureate of Széchenyi Prize (2013), the highest honour for scholarship in his country. 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—the majority of which are made available onhttp://drcsabavarga.wordpress.com, http://ppke.academia.edu/CVARGA. He is the author of Legal systems, legal mentalities in the perspective of European unification: Hungarian overview – in European Union context] (Budapest 2009) and »…csak múlásunk törvény…« Varga Csaba jogfilozófussal beszélget Mezei Károly »…only our passing away is a law…« A legal philosopher’s interview], in addition to a number of books in criticism of what is called transition to rule of law. He is a regular author of the CEPSR
varga@jak.ppke.hu.
Lia Pop is a professor in Political Science in University of Oradea, Department of Political Sciences and Communication. She authored 9 books in the field and more then 50 articles, she founded the Research Center for identity and Migration Studies (e-migration.ro.). She is a member of important professional associations as APSA. She authored 9 books in the field and more than 50 articles. The most recent book authored is On the President in Democracy (2014).
popmarialia@yahoo.com

Andreja Valič Zver studied history and English language at the Ljubljana University, where she obtained her BA and MA degrees. She got her PhD at the Maribor University. She is a president of the Archival Commission of the Republic of Slovenia and in the period 2004 – 2014 the president of the school section of the Historical Association of Slovenia. As the president of the History Teachers Association of Slovenia (2003 – 2008) she led the international project Human Rights and History Education (2005 – 2008). Andreja Valič Zver lectured at many international conferences.
valic.andreja@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

Nándor Csiky is a Hungarian political scientist. He is assistant professor at the Department of International Relations in the Faculty of Economic and Social Science at the University College of Nyíregyháza, Hungary. He carried out German Linguistics and Literature Studies in Nyíregyháza, Budapest and Hamburg. In 2003 he enrolled in the Doctoral Programme of the University of Regensburg where he earned his doctorate (Dr. phil.) in German Philology in 2007. Lately, he extended his research area to questions of cultural policy and cultural diplomacy.
csikyn@nyf.hu

Tamás Fricz is a Hungarian political scientist, and freelance journalist. He was senor researcher of the Institute for Political Science of the Hungarian Academy of Scientist until 2011. Since 2000 to 2011 he was scientific director of 21 Century Institute, from 1995 to 2010 was editor of Hungarian Political Science Review (Politikatudományi Szemle). He has got political science PhD in 1993 at the University of ELTE Budapest. In the 90-s he was fellows in Humbold University. He wrote 8 books, and many chapters about the Hungarian parties, cleavages corruptions, and integration of Central Europe. His most important book is: Következmények nélküli ország (Hungary – A Country without any consequences)
fricztamas@gmail.com