About the authors

Political Representation, Actors and Institutions

Doh C. Shin is a Korean-American political scientist. Endowed Chair Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri at Columbia. Hi specializes in the study mainly on comparative transition, behavioral and institutional changes during the transition and consolidation of new democracies. He has published many papers and contributed to several monographs, devoted to comparison of the democratic transition and consolidation. He authored Mass Politics and Culture in Democratizing Korea (Cambridge University Press, 1999) and more recently co-authored with Richard Rose „Democratization Backwards„ in British Journal of Political Science (April 2001).
Jason Wells is an American political scientist, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Wlodzimierz Jozef Wesolowski (Wlodzimierz Wesolowski used in bibliographies) was born in November 25 1929. He received his B.A. degree in sociology at University of Lodz (1952), M.A. in philosophy at University of Warsaw (1954), Ph.D. in sociology and „doctor habilitatus” status in sociology at the University of Warsaw (1962 and 1964). He was a full professor of sociology at the University of Warsaw 1964-1982 and the director of the research team at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology (1964-1999). At the moment he is a professor emeritus at Institute of Philosophy and Sociology. However, he is still a director of the research program on political elites at that Institute. He has a full-time teaching, professorial position at Collegium Civitas – An Independent College in Warsaw. His main area of research is social stratification and political sociology. He published several books and numerous articles. Among books are: „Studies in Class Structure and Social Stratification” (Warsaw 1962 in Polish), „Classes, Strata and Power” (first published in Polish 1964 and translated into English by Routlege and Kegan Paul in London 1968), „Social Mobility and Social Structure” (co-authored by M. Mach, published by Routlege in 1986), „Political Parties: Unending troubles” (Warsaw 2000, in Polish). He was co-author and co-editor of the three collective volumes on the formation of the Polish political elites in the period of democratic transformation. In preparation is the forth volume under the provisional title: „Paradoxes of Political Elite Formation” (in Polish, Warsaw 2001).

János Simon is a political scientist, senior researcher at the Institute for Political Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, lecturer at the University of ELTE in Budapest, director of the Hungarian Erasmus Foundation for Democracy, and editor of the quarterly Central European Political Science Review. He is the author and co-author of several books and articles, among them: Dilemmas of the Regime Change (co-editor 1989), The Silenced Majority in Hungary (with L. Bruszt 1990), Transition to Democracy in Spain (1996), The Postcommunist Citizen (eds. with S. Barnes 1998, in English), Democracies and Parties (2000).

Gabriella Ilonszki works as an associate professor at the Department of Political Science at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration. Her research mainly covers different areas of parliamentary government and political elites. She has published extensively in these fields. Among relevant and major publications are an edited volume with A. Ágh (Parliaments and Organised Interests: The Second Steps. Budapest: Hungarian Centre for Democracy Studies, 1996.) and more recently ’Belated Professionalization of Parliamentary Elites: Hungary 1848-2ooo’ in: Heinrich Best and Maurizio Cotta eds. Parliamentary Representatives in Europe 1848-2ooo. Oxford University Press, 2ooo. She is a member of the steering committee of the European Science Foundation EURELITE network, and in Hungary she is the project manager of the OTKA research program ’Parliamentary Elite Circulation in Hungary in the Twentieth Century’. She is a member of he ECPR Executive Committee. E-mail: gabriella.ilonszki@polit.bke.hu

Darina Malová (1958) is Associate Professor of Political Science at the Department of Political Science, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. She is also Academic Director of the Academia Istropolitana Nova, the first private institute for graduate studies in Slovakia. She specializes in the study of Slovakia’s politics and focuses mainly on institutional and behavioral changes during post-communist period. Her research interests include nationalism, ethnic and minority issues, development of the national parliament, constitution-making process, institutionalization of party system and representation of organized interest is Associate Professor of Political Science at the Department of Political Science, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. She is also a founding member of the Academia Istropolitana Nova, the first private institute for graduate studies in Slovakia. She works there as an Acaddemic Director, and she is also the Senior Lecturer in European Studies Programme.
She She works also on the European integration issues, focusing on the EU reform and the Eastern enlargement of the EU.

Erik Lastic (1976) is a PhD. student at the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University, Bratislava. He conducts research on Central European constitutional politics and law. Email: erik.lastic@fphil.uniba.sk

Petra Rakušanová studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague and is currently participating in the programme Politics and Society at the Centre for Social Research in Warsaw. Her main research interest is political sociology in particular, the role of democratic institutions and functions of the parliaments and its bodies in Central European Countries. Petra Rakušanová is a member of the research group Political Sociology at the Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences. The Political Sociology research group currently focuses on the long-term study of parliaments in the project The Documentation and Information Centre – Parliamentary DICe. Her recent publications include: “Process of bargaining in the Parliament” – Committees; In: Mansfeldová, Z.: Economic Policy-making and parliamentary Accountability, Country study: Czech Republic, manuscript, forthcoming 2001., “Sociology on the Czech Internet”, TN, Berlin, forthcoming 2001.
Martin Vysin graduated at the University of Economics in Prague as a student of economics and political science. He is currently a postgraduate student of political science at the aforementioned school. He also works in the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

Iván Völgyes (1936-2001) He was a Hungarian-American professor of political science, founder of CEPSR, and member of the International Editorial Board of CEPSR. He have published around 30 books and more than 250 chapters, among them: The Hungarian Soviet Republic (1970), Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland (1970), Politics of the Communist Party States in Eastern Europe (1976), The Liberated Female in Socialist Hungary (1977), The Modernization of Hungarian Agriculture (1980), Hungary: Nation of Contradiction (1982), The Reliability of the East European Armies (1983), Organizing for War (1983), Political Socialization in the Soviet Naval Force (1984), Politics in Eastern Europe (1986), Guns and Butter: An Analysis of the Defense Expenditures of Eastern European Warsaw Pact States (1986). His works are regularly cited in writings on the political culture of the postcommunist region.

András Bozóki is associate professor in Political Science and Political Sociology, teaching at the Central European University and at Eötvös University, both in Budapest. He has published several books in Hungarian, authored and edited. His main fields of research include democratization, political and cultural elite, and political ideologies. His most recent books in English include Lawful Revolution in Hungary 1989-94. (co-editor, Boulder: Social Science Monographs, 1995), Intellectuals and Politics in Central Europe (editor, Budapest-New York: CEU Press, 1999), The Roundtable Talks of 1989: The Genesis of Hungarian Democracy (Budapest-New York: CEU Press, 2001.)

Imre Lévai was born in Budapest, January 22, 1953. Graduated from the Karl Marx University of Economics, Budapest (1976). 1976-86: research fellow with the Institute for World Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS), 1986-91: research fellow with the Institute of Economics (HAS), 1992-97: senior research fellow with the Institute for Social Conflict Research (HAS), 1998- : senior research fellow with the Institute for Political Science (HAS). Visiting fellow to India (1980-91), Leverhulme fellow in the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University (1986). Ph.D. in world economics. Main publications in English: “Political Economy of the Working Class”, “The Indian Debate on Unequal Exchange” (Budapest: Institute for World Economics, 1983 [1st ed.], 1984 [2nd ed.]), “Economic Reforms, Liberalization and Structural Change. India and Hungary” (New Delhi: Gyan Publishing House, 1997 with R. R. Sharma). levai@mtapti.hu

Peter Biegelbauer is the general director 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.

Jerzy Wiatr is Polish political scientist and elected president of CEPSA, Professor of University of Warsaw

Wolfgang Dietrich is Director of the Austrian Institute for Latin America

Daniel Zirkel is Professor at College of Arts and Sciences, Montana State University and Chair of the Research Committee on Armed Forces and Society, International Political Science Association

Alen Javorovic is political scientist and President of the Organizing Committee of the International Symposium Defense Transparency: White Paper on Defense

Péter Módos: Writer, Founder-Chief Editor of the Hungarian Review Európai Utas (European Traveller) edited in Budapest. Director of the Central European Cultural Institute in Budapest, Hungary. keki@ella.hu

Domokos Szollár is a scientific fellow at the Central European Cultural Institute.szodoma@freemail.hu

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, Das es Lalaam, New Delhi, Los Angeles (State University of California at Long Beach) and Vienna. In the 1980s he was the Director of the Hungarina Institute for International Relations. From 1990 ownwards he has been the Head of Political Science Department at the Budapest University of Economics and the Director of the Hungarian Centre for Democratic 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

Zsolt Vattamányi is Hungarian political scientist, between 1990-1994 he was representative in local city government. During this time besides social and cultural affairs he was a professional organizer of political campaign. Since 1998 he is a political science student at the ELTE University. His field of research is political marketing and election campaign.

László Gy. Tóth (1948), publicist, political scientist From 1998, he serves as chief advisor to the prime minister’s. He is author of several books analyzing the inheritance of Kádár regime in the post-communist Hungary, including Transition with Contradictions (co-editor, 1998)

Katarzyna Sobolewska-Myslik is Professor of Pedagogical Academy of Krakow where she teaches political science. Her field of interest and research comprises the party systems of East-Central European countries. Recently she published „Parties and Party Systems in Central Europe after 1989„ (Krakow 1999).

Brigitte Hausstein is sociologist and senior research fellow at the Central Archive for Empirical Research Cologne working at the GESIS Branch Office in Berlin. Her fields of interest include survey research, data processing and the data and information transfer between Eastern and Western Europe. Since 1996 she has been supporting the establishment of social science data archives in Eastern Europe.haustein@berlin.izsoz.de

Kálmán Dady is PhD, candidate in technical science. Manager of the HTC-International Scientific-Technical Co. Ltd. Now he completes his studies in the Budapest School of Politics. His research interests are spreading of the viruses from information science to business relations, as well as the questions of national minorities and ethnic groups. kdady@mailbox.hu