About the authors

The Euro-Atlanti Integration, Attitudes and Orientations

Roger Scruton (1944) writer and philosopher who lives and works near Malmesbury. He taught at the universities of Boston, Bordeaux, Cambridge and London. Currently he makes his living as a writer, and he is the owner of a demonstration farm he is the author of more than twenty books, which were translated to numerous European languages. His main works include: The Aesthetics of Architecture (1971), The Meaning of Conservatism (1980), A Short History of Modern Philosophy (1981), Kant (1982), A Dictionary of Political Thought (1982), Sexual Desire (1986), Spinoza (1986), Art and Imagination (1994), Modern Philosophy (1981). His most important political and philosophical writings include: The Aesthetics of Music, An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Modern Culture, Animal Rights and Wrongs. A selection of his essays were published in Hungarian by the Osiris Publishing House entitled: Mi a konzervativizmus? (What is Conservatisim?)

Peter A. Ulram was born in 1951 in Vienna (Austria). He took a Ph.D. in political science at the University of Vienna and a post-university degree at the Institute for Advanced Studies and Scientific Research in Vienna. After studies in comparative politics in Italy and Sweden he served as a political consultant in Austria. At the moment he is teaching political science at the University of Vienna (assistant professor) and holding the position of senior research executive at the Fessel-GfK institute for public and opinion research in Vienna and of World manager for social and life-style research at GfK-World wide. His recent publications include: co-author with Fritz Plasser and Harald Waldrauch: Democratic Consolidation in East-Central Europe, London/New York 1998; co-author with Jan Stankovsky and Fritz Plasser: On the Eve of EU-Enlargement. Economic Development and Democratic Attitudes in East Central Europe, Wien 1998; co-editor with F. Plasser/F. Sommer: Das Österreichische Wahlverhalten, Wien 2000; co-author with F. Plasser: Das österreichische Politikverständnis, Wien 2002.

Bernhard Kittel is a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne (since 2001), and a lecturer at the Department of Government of the University of Vienna (since 1997). In addition, he teaches at the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis (since 1999). His research currently focuses on interest group participation in welfare politics from a cross-national, comparative perspective. Recent publications include Gesetzgebung in Österreich. Akteure, Netzwerke und Interaktionen in politischen Entscheidungsprozessen, Wien: Wiener Universitätsverlag, 2001 (co-authored with Emmerich Tálos), and National Labour Relations in Internationalized Markets. A Comparative Study of Institutions, Change and Performance, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001 (co-authored with Franz Traxler and Sabine Blaschke), as well as various articles in journals, among which Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of Industrial Relations, European Journal of Political Research, and West European Politics, and contributions to edited books.

László Csaba (l954) is a graduate of the Budapest University of Economics with a Ph.D. (1984) and Dr.Sci (1996) from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Professor of international political economy and European studies at Central European University, professor of economics at BUESPA, and head of the Ph.D. programme in international economics, prof. of economics at Universitas Debrecen. Author of 4 monographs, editor of 6 volumes, author of over 170 chapters in books and scholarly articles, published in 18 countries. His recent output includes: ‘Small Economies’ Adjustment to Global Tendencies (co-editor: Z. Bara, Aula, 2000), the article ‘Double Talk. The Political Economy of Eastward Enlargement of the EU’ Intereconomics/Hamburg, vol. 36. no.5/2001; Ostpolitik and enlargement of the EU. The International Economy/Tokyo/ 2001 spec. issue; Between transition and EU accession. Hungary at the millennium. Europe-Asia Studies/Glasgow/, vol. 52. no.5/2000; Russia’s political economy. in: Bugajski ,J.ed: Towards an Understanding of Russia. Washington: a Council on Foreign Relations book (2002).BUESPA.

Bojko Bučar, PhD. Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. Head of the Political Science Department and Head of the International Relations Division (http://www.fdv.uni-lj.si/medodnosi/MEDODNOSI.htm). Teaching International Relations and International Law. Research interest in regionalism and foreign policy. Member of different scientific councils and advisory boards. Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Relations and Development and of International Studies Perspectives (ISA). Member of the Council to the Foreign Minister of Slovenia.

Irena Brinar, MA in international relations, PhD candidate. Senior researcher in the Centre of International Relations (http://rcul.uni-lj.si/~fdsabic/cmo.htm) at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. Research interest in various aspects of the European integration process. Special emphasis on relations between Slovenia and European Union. Current research projects: Small States in the International Community; Slovenia and the Future Development of the European Union, Agenda 2000 Watch, MapeEurope (IEP Bonn and TEPSA). Author of several articles and chapters in books. Counseling private and public institutions.

Simona Kustec is Assistant at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, at the Political Science Department, Chair of Policy Analysis and Public Administration. She graduated with the title “The theory of policy networks. The case of Slovenian telecommunications policy” in June 1999. From October 1999 she is assigned to the MA study program of Policy analysis – European aspects. At this moment she is finishing her MA diploma on “Evaluating public policy. The case of Slovenia’s accession to EU”. Her field of interests are primary policy analysis, evaluation research and policy networks. She participates also at the research projects in the Centre for Politological Research. Currently she is working on the following projects: European project “Organising for EU Enlargement”, Slovene projects on  “Democratic Transitions in former Yugoslav Republics”, “Models for evaluation of Slovene Cultural Policy”, “The elements of (dis) trust in Slovene Parliament”.

Aleksandra Bat is research assistant at the Catholic University of Mons (Belgium) in the Department of Political Science. She is holder of a Master in Management from the Warsaw School of Economics and of a Master in European Economic and Social Area from the University of Science and Technology of Lille (France). She is also an Alumni of the Community of European Management Schools. Her research interests are: European integration, regional economics and new geographic economics. She has been involved in a research project on industrial and regional challenges of the fifth enlargement of the EU and she focuses particularly on the case of Poland and the application of MCDM (Multiple Criteria Decision Making Methodology). A. Bat is currently following the PhD program on the regional policy in Poland at the University of Science and Technology in Lille and, is doing a training period at the Social and Economic Committee in Brussels. Email: aleksandra.bat@fucam.ac.be

Florence Terranova is research and teaching assistant at the Catholic University of Mons (Belgium). She graduated as Bachelor in Political and Administrative Sciences at the same university and got a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Antwerp (Belgium). Her research interests are : the transformation of the State in Europe and the consequences of Europeanization, the question of governance in Central and Eastern Europe, the regional development and the multi-criteria and quantitative methods in Social Sciences and decision-making. She has also contributed to the development of the research project on industrial and regional challenges of the next EU enlargement at the Catholic University of Mons. At present, Fl. Terranova is completing her PhD in European Studies at the University of Exeter (UK) on the interactions between institutional reforms, regional development and new policy orientations in Poland, and, she is taking part in a TEMPUS-TACIS program on the development of European and Social Sciences at the National University of Uzbekistan. Email: florence.terranova@fucam.ac.be

Pieter van Duin is a social historian at Leiden, the Netherlands. He has done research on the history of South Africa and, more recently, Central and Eastern Europe. His recent publications are „Jescze niedojrzali do wolnošci? Ambiwalentne spojrzenie Roberta W. Seton-Watsona na sowacka kwestie narodowa. (1918-1938) “(„Not yet ripe for freedom?“ Robert W. Seton – Watson’s ambivalent perception of the Slovak national question (1918-1938), in B. Linek, J. Lüer and K. Struve (eds) Fenomen nowoczesnego nacjonalizmu V Europie Środkowej (The Phenomenon of modern nationalism in Central Europe), (Opole, 1997). Poláčková,Z.; Van Duin,P.C.: Democratic Renewal and Hungarian Minority Question in Slovakia. From Populism to ethnic democracy? In: European Societies 2(3)2000, pp.335-360.

Zuzana Poláčková, PhD. is An historian and a research associate at the Institute of Political Science, Slovak Academy of Sciences. Her principal research interest is contemporary history and the history of Central Europe in the twentieth century.Her recent publications are: Brzica, D.; Poláčková, Z.;Samson, I.;: The Slovak Republic: Bridge between East and West. In: Katzenstein, P.J.(ed): Mitteleuropa. Between Europe and Germany. Berghahn Books. Oxford 1997, pp. 192-240. Poláčková,Z.;Van Duin,P.C.: Democratic Renewal and Hungarian Minority Question in Slovakia. From Populism to ethnic democracy? In:European Societies 2(3)2000, pp.335-360. Poláčková, Z.: Historical Background of Slovak – Austrian Relations. In:Slovak Foreign Policy Affairs.Vol.II, No.1, pp.107-121.

Ivan Siptak takes part in a doctoral program in Sociology, degree – Doctor of Social and Economic Sciences, Karl-Franzens-University Graz, and is a post-graduate student at the department of political science “European Studies – Governance in Europe” programme, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna since October 2000. His masters the following languages: Slovak, Czech, Russian, English, Spanish. His research interests are: Identity, National Identity, European Identity. Mental Maps (Images, Prejudices, Stereotypes). EU-Enlargement, EU Integration. Statistical Methods – especially quantitative methods for Social Sciences. His latest publications: Study with Child, International Year of the Family, 1994, Malta; Psychosoziale Betreuung von (Kriegs)Fluechtlingen in Oesterrech, UNHCR Wien, 1995; Osterreich – Slowakei: Gegenseitige Wahrnehmungen, Vorurteile, Stereotypen. Diplomarbeit, Graz 1999. siptak@ihs.ac.at.

Kürşad Ertugrul (1968) graduated from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of Middle East Technical University (METU, Ankara/Turkey) in 1990. He took his MA degree from the Institute of Modern International Studies of University of Leeds in 1993-1994. He carried out a research project in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies of University of Newcastle in 1997-1998 as an academic visitor. He completed his Ph.D. program in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of METU in December 2000. Currently he works as an instructor in this department. His studies are related with the fields of cultural studies, Turkish politics and Turkish modernisation, European political history and European Identity. Email: ertugrul@metu.edu.tr

Bojan Todosijevic studied psychology in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia (BA), sociology (MA at CEU, Prague, and at McGill, Montreal), and Nationalism Studies (MA at CEU, Budapest). Currently working on a PhD thesis at Political Science Department, CEU, Budapest. Main research interests: authoritarianism and ethnocentrism, anti-Semitism and anti-Gypsy prejudice, structure of political attitudes, voting behaviour, political tolerance, nationalism, evolutionary psychology, quantitative methods.”

Laure Neumayer holds a Masters Degree in Post-Communist Studies. She is a research fellow at CEFRES (Centre Français de Recherches en Sciences Sociales) in Prague and is supported by a Lavoisier Scholarship of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She is currently finishing her PhD on “The emergence of the European issue in three EU applicant countries: the case of Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic” at the Institute for Political Studies in Paris, France. Email address: laure@cefres.cz

István Hegedűs is Ph.D. candidate in sociology (Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration). His field of research include: political parties, media and politics, decision-making in the European Union. Currently he is lecturer at János Kodolányi College University, Department of Communication, Székesfehérvár; at the Budapest Institute of Graduate International Studies (BIGIS) of the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration; and is chairman of the Hungarian Europe Society. Between 1990-94 he was a member of the Hungarian Parliament, (member of the Committee on European Community Affairs, 1993-94, vice-chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, 1990-93). Main publications: Media and Politics (edited with P. Bajomi-Lázár), including the essay ‘Why do We Like the European Union?’, New Mandate Publishing House, Budapest, 2001; European Ideas – Hungarian Realities, The Federal Trust, European Essay No.1, London, 1999; Orbán Strikes Back (Fidesz and the Media), Transitions Online, Prague, December 1999; Costs and Benefits of Hungary’s Integration into the EU, Cicero Paper, 2/1996, Maastricht-Paris. ihegedus@matavnet.hu.

Tamás Csapody (1960) jurist, sociologist, PhD, associate professor at Semmelweis University Institute of Behavioural Sciences in Budapest. He has published, authored and edited several books in Hungarian. His field of research covers: civil society, alternative movements, human rights, violence and non-violence.

Attila Erdős, deacon. He is a senior seminarian of the Theological College of Esztergom. Now he performs his service as a deacon in a parish and at the University Chaplaincy of Budapest. He is to be ordained to a priest this summer. http://www.ehf.hu/~mzperx; mzperx@ehf.hu

Viktória Kékes is a student of the political Science Department of the ELTE University, Faculty of Law. Her fields of interest include the semantics of political communication and political culture. Email: blau@freemail.hu