About the authors

Political Parties and European Integration

Paul G. Lewis is Reader in Central and East European Politics at the Open University of the United Kingdom. His research and publications range over diverse aspects of comparative and Central and East European politics. Books published include Central Europe Since 1945 (Longman, 1994), Eastern Europe 1918-1953 (Sempringham, 1999), Political Parties in Post-Communist Eastern Europe (Routledge, 2000) and, as editor, Party Development and Democratic Change in Post-Communist Europe (Cass, 2001). Current research interests focus on continuing processes of party development in Central and Eastern Europe and their relation to processes of party change in the established democracies of Western Europe. He has been co-convenor of the Standing Group on Central European Politics of the European Consortium for Political Research since 1999, and is currently preparing the third edition of Developments in Central and East European Politics (Palgrave, forthcoming 2003). Also a member of the editorial boards of The Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics and Democratization, as well the International Advisory Committee of the Central European Political Science Review.

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).shindd@missouri.edu

Jerzy J. Wiatr is Professor Emeritus of Warsaw University and Director of the Center for Sociological-Political Studies, the Baltic Higher College of Humanities, Koszalin. He was presyident of the Polish Political Science Association and Vice President of the International Political Science Association. He served in the Polish Parliament (1991-1997) and was Poland’s minister of education (1996-1997). Currently he is president of the Central European Political Science Association. His latest publication include: Political Sociology and Democratic Transformation in Poland (1996), Education for and the Twenty-First Century, Abu Dhabi: Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (1997).

Katarzyna Gilarek is a PhD candidate at the Jagiellonian University in Poland. She graduated from the Jagiellonian University in Sociology (1996) and from the University of Exeter (Great Britain) in European Studies (1997). At the 18th IPSA Congress in 2000, nominated for the Franco Kjellberg Award for the best paper by a new scholar. In 2001, awarded by the Foundation for Polish Science – the Domestic Grants for Young Scholars. Recent publications: Mainline Churches as a Counterbalance to the State: the Church of England in Thatcher`s Era and the Catholic Church in Poland under the Communist Regime, in: Inglis, T., Mach, Z. & Mazanek, R. (eds.) Religion and Politics. East-West Contrasts from Contemporary Europe (Dublin: University College Dublin Press 2000); Women’s Representation in the Parliamentary Elections of 1991, 1993 and 1997. The Role of Political Parties in Promoting Women, in: Kubiak, H. & Wiatr, J. (eds.) Between Animosity and Utility, Political Parties and Their Matrix (Warszawa: SCHOLAR 2000). She is recipient of the Domestic Grant for Younger Scholars of the Foundation for Polish Science.

Imre Lévai graduated from the Karl Marx University of Economics, Budapest in 1976. Senior research fellow in the Institute for Political Science of HAS, since 1998. Main publications in English: “Political Economy of the Working Class”, “The Indian Debate on Unequal Exchange” (Budapest: Institute for World Economics, 1983 and 1984, “Economic Reforms, Liberalization and Structural Change. India and Hungary” (New Delhi: Gyan Publishing House, 1997 with R. R. Sharma). levai@mtapti.hu

Kováč Ladislav, PhD., DrSc., professor of biochemistry at the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, and Head of the Center for cognitive biology, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia. He was visiting professor of universities in Bordeaux, Buenos Aires, Dortmund, Ithaca, Stockholm and Paris and of Konrad-Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research at Altenberg. He was dismissed from the University in 1970 for political reasons and worked then as a chemist in a psychiatric hospital and later in an institute of animal physiology. After the collapse of Communism, he became Minister of Education of the Slovak Republic (1989-1990), Ambassador of Czechoslovakia to UNESCO (1990-1992), Chairman of the U. N. International Committee for Science and Technology for Development (1990-1992). He is a member of the Slovak Academic Society and a foreign member of the Czech Learned Society. His domains of research have been bioenergetics, molecular biology of cellular membranes, and cognitive biology.

Kováč Ladislav, PhD., DrSc., professor of biochemistry at the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, and Head of the Center for cognitive biology, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia. He was visiting professor of universities in Bordeaux, Buenos Aires, Dortmund, Ithaca, Stockholm and Paris and of Konrad-Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research at Altenberg. He was dismissed from the University in 1970 for political reasons and worked then as a chemist in a psychiatric hospital and later in an institute of animal physiology. After the collapse of Communism, he became Minister of Education of the Slovak Republic (1989-1990), Ambassador of Czechoslovakia to UNESCO (1990-1992), Chairman of the U. N. International Committee for Science and Technology for Development (1990-1992). He is a member of the Slovak Academic Society and a foreign member of the Czech Learned Society. His domains of research have been bioenergetics, molecular biology of cellular membranes, and cognitive biology.

Marjan Brezovsek is Associate Professor on the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana and researcher in Centre for Political Science Research (CPSR). After the graduation on Faculty for Sociology, Political Science and Journalism (today Faculty of Social Sciences) he was employed as researcher at the Centre for Public Opinion and Mass Communication Research and at the Centre for Political Science Research, both at the Faculty for Sociology, Political Science and Journalism. In 1987 he successfully defended his master degree thesis from the field of decision-making process in social organisations. In 1994 he acquired the Ph.D. In 1999 he was elected by the Senate of Ljubljana University in the title of Associate Professor on the Faculty of Social Sciences. Today he is both a lecturer and a researcher on the Faculty of Social Sciences. He lectures Public Administration, Political System of Republic of Slovenia and Local Government. In his professional career he won two awards: University student “Presernova” award and Faculty award for the best doctoral thesis in three-year period. His recent publications include: Brezovsek, Marjan. 1998. Cultura politica nella pubblica amministrazione Slovenia. In: La pubblica amministazione di fronte all´Europa. Societa editrice, Bologna, pp. 21-35; Brezovsek, Marjan. 2000. The restructuring of Slovenian state administration. In: EU enlargement to the east: public administration in Eastern Europe and European standards.

Miro Haček is Research Assistant at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana and researcher in Centre for Political Science Research (CPSR). From 1993 to 1998 public administration and policy analysis student at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. Diploma in 1998 on the comparative aspects of local reform processes in CEE countries. From 11/1998 research assistant on Faculty of Social Sciences – Centre for Political Science Research. From 6/1999 general secretary of Slovenian Political Science Association. Master Degree (2001) on public servants system in Slovenia theme. He is currently preparing his Ph.D. thesis on politics of bureaucracy theme. His recent publications include: Sistem javnih uslužbencev (Public Servants System). Založba FDV, Ljubljana, 2001; Ustavne spremembe in uvajanje širših samoupravnih lokalnih skupnosti v Sloveniji (Constitutional Changes and Introduction of Regions in Slovenia). In: Zajc, Drago (ed.), Slovenska država – ob deseti obletnici (Ten Years of Slovenian Independence Statehood), Založba FDV, Ljubljana, 2001

Károly Szerencsés born in Prague, graduated Arts of Sciences-History and Russian Language at Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest. He is a PhD Professor in Contemporary Modern History. His most important books are: A nemzeti demokráciáért (For the national democracy)-1997), Halványkék választás (Blue Elections- 2001), Kékcédulás hadművelet (The blue system Manoeuvre-1992), Magyarország története a második világháború után (The History of Hungary after the Second World War- 1991) Rebellis tartomány (The rebell territory- 1998). Address: 1039 Budapest, Zöldfa u. 8., Tel: 00- 3612400 395.

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, specially in Romania.