About the authors

Political Representation, Actors and Institutions

Samuel Barnes is Gráf Goltz Professor and Director, BMW Center for German and European Studies of Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. He has several well know books and chapter abouth the democratization process, political action, left and right and political culture. Barnes legismertebb könyvei: Political Action (with Max Kaase, 1979), The Growth of Democratic Legitimacy in Spain (with P. McDonough and Lopez Pina, 1986.), The Cultural Dinamic of Democratization in Spain (with P. McDonough and Lopez Pina, 1998.), The Postcommunist Citizen (eds.with János Simon in 1998, 1999), member of the International Advisory Committee of Central European Political Science Review.

Cianfranco Pasquino is an Italian political scientist. Since 1983, is head of the Department of Politics, University of Bologna, Visiting Scholar: Spring Quarter, University of California, Los Angeles (1998), Instituto Juan March, Madrid (1999), Christchurch College, Oxford (2001). 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).

Oddbjørn Knutsen is Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo. His research interests are in the fields of comparative politics with special interest in Western Europe, political sociology and electoral behaviour, value orientations and ideology, and methodology and statistics. He has published several comparative articles on value change, value orientations and party choice, political cleavages and political ideology. He has been editor of the Norwegian Political Science Journal. His international involvement includes participation in the European Science Foundation’s program on Beliefs in Government.

Rikard Bengtsson is a Research Fellow at the Department of Political Science, Lund University, Sweden. His research interests concern European security affairs, primarily EU enlargement, EU-Russian relations and the development of the CFSP.

Nick Sitter is Associate Professor at the Norwegian School of management – BI, Department of Public Governance, 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 Central Europe. He held an assistant professorship at the Central European University’s Department of International relations and European Studies in 1999/2000, and he has lectured EU, East and West European history and politics at the American University, Kingston University and Reading University.nick.sitter@bi.no

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. //www.ehf.hu/~mzperx; eattila@ehf.hu

José Antonio Rodríguez Martín graduated in Economic and Managerial Sciences for the Ability of Economic and Managerial Sciences of the University of Granada. Master in Spanish and International Economy for the Department of Applied Economy of the University of Granada. It has imparted docencia in the Department of Applied Economy of the University of Granada in the field of the International Economy, and their main investigations turn on the future amplification of the European Union, as well as the Community Regional Politics’s application in the less prosperous areas of Spain.

Zselyke Tófalvi has graduated from the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca having a degree in journalism. Postgraduate student at the University of Economic Sciences, Budapest, at the „Századvég Political School”. She is a Ph.D. candidate in History (Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Piliscsaba). Her interest is the political systems in Central Europe, especially in Romania.