About the authors

Political Transition and Transformation in Central Europe

Geoffrey Pridham is Professor of European Politics and Director, Centre for Mediterranean Studies, University of Bristol, UK. Has widely widely on themes of post-Communist (and earlier Southern European) democratisation. Presently doing a project on EU Eastern enlargement and domestic politics, with special reference to Slovakia in comparison with four other countries. Major Publications: Building Democracy: the International Dimension of Democratisation in Eastern Europe, co-editor (Leicester University Press, 1994) Experimenting with Democracy: Regime Change in the Balkans, co-editor (Routledge, 1999) The European Union, democratic conditionality and transnational party linkages: the case of Eastern Europe, in J. Grugel (ed.), Democracy without Borders: Transnationalisation and Conditionality in New Democracies (Routledge, 1999). g.pridham@bristol.ac.uk

Attila Ágh was born in Budapest, in 1941. He became a Full Professor in 1978. He was invited as a visiting professor to many universities and spent longer periods in Moscow, Dar es Salaam, New Delhi, Los Angeles (State University of California at Long Beach) and Vienna. In the 1980s he was the Director of the Hungarian Institute for International Relations. From 1990 onwards he has been the Head of Political Science Department at the Budapest University of Economics and the Director of the Hungarian Centre for Democracy Studies. Professor Ágh’s major research interest is comparative politics and “linkage politics” and he summarized the results of this comparative research in two recent books, The Politics of Central Europe (Sage, 1998) and Emerging Democracies in East Central Europe and the Balkans (Edward Elgar, 1998). attila.agh@polit.bke.hu

Krzysztof Zagorski has obtained his Phd degree in sociology at the Uniwersit y of Warsaw and habilitation in the Polish Academy of Sciences. He is a director of the Public Opinion Research Center (CBOS) in Warsaw. Formerly he worked in Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences; Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, the University of Melbourne; Research School of Social Sciences, the Australian National University; Central Statistical Office, Warsaw and several other Polish academic institutions. He has published many books and articles on political sociology, stratification and social research. Recently, he has co-authored and co-edited a book ”New Reality: Evaluations and Opinions 1989-99” (Dialog-CBOS, Warsaw 2000), summarising public opinion research during the transformation decade.k.zagorski@cbos.pl

Nick Sitter is at the Norwegian School of Management – BI, Department of Public Governance. Nick Sitter is Associate Professor in the Department of Public Governance at the Norwaian School of Management BI, where he teaches European political economy and public policy. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Government, on the development of competitive party systems in post-communist East Center Europe. He held an assistant professorship at the Central European University’s Department of International Relations and European Studies in 1999/2000, and has lectured EU, East and West European history and politics at the American University, Klingston University and Reading University.nick.sitter@bi.no

Janez Štebe is Ph.D Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He obtained his PhD. from Department of Sociology, University of Ljubljana. He is a Teaching Fellow (from 1998 on Assistant Professor) for Social Science Methodology, University of Ljubljana since 1995. He assisted in preparation of Slovene Public Opinion Survey since 1988. He is Head of Slovene Social Science Data Archive, Ljubljana, since 1997. He is working on quantitative analysis and modelling of survey data, comparative analysis and social survey methodology. Email address:janez.stebe@uni-lj.si

Ivan Siber is professor at the Faculty of Political Science of University of Zagreb, Croatia. His teaching topics are: Social and Political Psychology, Political Behavior, Political Marketing. His Research topics are: Electoral behavior, Ethnics relations, Political culture. His recent books are: Politicka psihologija (Political Psychology, 1998), The 1990 and 1992/93 Sabor Elections in Croatia (editor, 1997), Politicka propaganda i politicki marketing (Political propaganda and political marketing, 1992)i.siber@yahoo.com

Mirjana Kasapovic is professor at the Faculty of Political Science of University of Zagreb, Croatia. Her teaching topics are: Political System, Political Parties and Electoral Systems, Comparative Politics. Her research topics are: Transition processes, Electoral models, Bulding the State. Her recent books are: Hrvatska politika 1990-2000 (Croatian politics 1990-2000, editor, 2001), Wahlsysteme und Systemwechsel in Osteurope (co-author Nohlen, D., 1996), Demokratska tranzicija i politicke stranke (Democratic transition and political parties, 1996).

Ervin Csizmadia isPhD in Political Science, senior research fellow at the Institute of Political Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and reader at the Faculty of Arts of Miskolc University. His main fields of interest are: parties and think-tanks in Hungary and Western Europe and political networks. He has published approximately 40 studies concerning these. His book are in Hungarian: ”The Hungarian Democratic Opposition” in three volumes (1995), ”Two Types of Liberalism in Hungary” (1999), ”Discourse and dictatorship: The Elite’s – A Picture of Western Europe in the Kádár-era” (forthcoming). csizmadia@mtapti.hu

István Hülvely is a Hungarian political scientist, Professor and head of the Department of Political Science at Kossuth Lajos University, Debrecen. His research topic id the evolution of parties. His latest books are (in Hungarian) Introduction to Political Science (1998) and History of the Evolution of European Parties. (2000). His email addresses is hul40@tigris.klte.hu

Ioana Albu has graduated from the ”Babes’Bolyai” University in Cluj Napoca in 1991, having a degree in English-Geography; and from the University of Oradea, Romania, Faculty of Law, Specialization Political Science in 2000. At present – lecturer at the Faculty of Law and Economics, Head of Department of Foreign Languages. Since 1998 – pursuing a PhD in The History of Political Thought from the University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Participation in various conferences in the field of Law and Political Science, as well as English abroad, specialization courses at the University of Oxford, (UK), Wien (Austria), Torun (Poland). research activity focussed on Political Science and Philosophy; rich activity in translations (four books translated from English) and publications. ialbu@ep.univ.uoardea.hu
Cristina Matituta has graduated from the ”Babes-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania (in 1996), Faculty of Political and Administrative Sciences. During 1996-1998 – assistant lecturer on probation at the university of Oradea, Faculty of Law, Department of Political Science; 1999- present – assistant lecturer at the same department. At present she is a PhD student from the University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, the theme being The Relationship between Liberalism and Nationalism and the Problem of Romanian Modernity. She has published various articles in specialty literature reviews and attended conferences in the country on the topic of Political Science.

Tamás Fricz: PhD. in political science, director of XXI Century Institute, senior research fellow of the Institute for Political Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and managing editor of the Hungarian Political Science Review. His recent books are: “The People-Urban Dispute Yesterday and Today” (1997), “A Country without Consequences” (1998), “Party Systems: Western Europe, Central Europe and Hungary” (2001). friczt@mtapti.hu

Máté Szabó is professor of political science at the Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of State and Law, Budapest. His research interest are social movements, political protest in Eastern and Western Europe, movements against globalization. His main publications in English: (eds.) “The Challenge of Europeanization in the Region: East Central Europe”. HPSA: Budapest. 1996., “From a Police State to a Demonstration Democracy” in: Vladimíra Dvoráková(ed.): Success or Failure? Friedrich Ebert Foundation: Praha.1999.165-198., “Some Lesson of Collective Protests in Central European Post-Communist Countries”, in: East Central Europe, Vol. 27. No. 1. 2000 59-77. matedoc@ludens.elte.hu
Peter Biegelbauer is the general secretary of the Austrian Political Science Association and head of the research group ”Political Economy of Europe” at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna, Austria. His most recent book ”130 Years of Catching Up With the West: A Comparative Perspective on Hungarian Industry, Science and Technology Policy-Making Since Industrialization” (2000) Ashgate Publ.Ltd.

Irena Pankow Ph.D. is senior research fellow at the Institute of Politcal Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw

Kálmán Dady is PhD in technical science, manager of the HTC-International Scientific-Technical Co. Ltd. Now he is completing his studies in the Budapest School of Politics. His research interests are spreading of viruses from the information science to the business relations and human contacts, as well as the matters of national minorities and ethnic groups. His email address is: kdady@mailbox.hu

Zsuzsanna Mihályffy is student at the Department of Political Science of the University ELTE Budapest. Her interest is political participation and electoral studies. Her email address is mihalyffy@yahoo.co.uk