About the authors

The future of Europe – Central European Perspectives

Giovanni Sartori is currently Albert Schweitzer Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at Columbia University, New York. He was formerly Professor of Political Science at the University of Florence, Italy, and subsequently at Stanford University. His works include: Parties and Party System: A Framework for Analysis (Cambridge University Press, 1976; APSA „Outstanding Book Award„, 1997), La Politica (Sugarco, 1979), Social Science Concepts: A Systematic Analysis(ed., and co-author: Sage, 1983), The Theory of Democracy Revisited (Chatham House, 1987), Elementi di Teoria Politica (II Mulino, 1989), Democrazia (Rizzoli, 1993), Comparative Constitutional Engineering (New York, London, Mexico City, 1994), Homo Videns (Laterza, 1998). These works are translated and published in some 28 countries. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome.

Philippe C. Schmitter has been on the Stanford faculty since the fall of 1986.  He was educated at Dartmouth College, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the University of Geneva and received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.  He taught for many years at the University of Chicago (1967-1982) and held visiting appointments at the University of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, the Institute for the Integration of Latin America in Buenos Aires, Harvard University, the Universities of Geneva, Zurich, Paris and Mannheim, the Wissenschaftszentrum in Berlin, the Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Ciencias Sociales in Madrid and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.  Before coming to Stanford, he spent the previous four years as a professor at the European University Institute in Florence. He is author and co-author of several books about the neocorporativism, transition to democracy, role of the political institutions in the democracy, political elite and behaviour of civil society.

János Simon is a political scientist, senior research fellow, head of research group at the Institute for Political Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, lecturer at the University of ELTE in Budapest, 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), Political Dilemmas of the New Millenium (eds. Vol.1-2, 2001), Colours of Political Culture (2003) jsimon@mtapti.hu

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.

Uros Pinteric was born in 1980 in Slovenia. He is a student on a Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS), University of Ljubljana. Slovenia. In school year 2002/2003 he will attend last study year on FSS and he writes his diploma at the same time. Despite his youth he already participated in Slovenian Political Science Association seminars in Portoroz and Seminar on Legal Foundations of EU Enlargement in Brussels organized by Friederich Naumann Stiftung. He also cooperates with Center for Political Science Research on FSS at analysis of local and presidential elections in Slovenia in year 2002.

Tamás Fricz PhD., candidate in Political Science.1988-90 research fellow at the Hungarian Public Opinion Research Institute. 1990 senior research fellow at the Institute for Political Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS). Managing editor of the Hungarian Political Science Review, secretary of the Political Science Committee of the HAS, member of the Presidential Board of the Hungarian Political Science Association. His main monographic books include: State, Intermediation, Civil Society (1990), Development of Bourgeois Habits, Civil Society and Democracy (1992), The Hungarian Party System 1987-1995 (1996), During Transition in Hungary (1996), The People-Urban Dispute Yesterday and Today (1997), A Country without Consequences (1998), Party Systems (2001) friczt@mtapti.hu

Vladimir Rukavishnikov PhD., Dr. Sc. (Sociology), Head of Department of Social Dynamics at the Institute of Socio-Political Research, Russian Academy of Sciences His fields of research are comparisons of the dynamics of political cultures of the Western and Russian societies and problems of post-communist transition. Main publications: „From Cold War to Cold Peace? A comparative empirical study of Russian and Western political cultures„ (co-authors P. Ester and L. Halman Tilburg, the Netherlands, 1997, in English), „Political Cultures and Social Changes: International Comparisons„ (Moscow, 1998, in Russian), „Eastern European Development and Public Policy „ (co-editor Stuart Nagel, St. Martin’s Press, 1994, in English), „Combining Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy: Public Policy in Russia and the USA„ (Moscow, 1999 in Russian).

Jacqueline Hayden is a lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Trinity College, Dublin. As a journalist she first visited Poland in July 1980. Her analysis of Solidarity’s role in the Polish transition, Poles Apart: Solidarity and the New Poland (1994) is based on interviews undertaken between 1980 and 1993. Her doctoral dissertation presented in May 2002, is an examination of the strategic aims of Polish communist party (PUWP) negotiators who initiated the Round Table process in 1989.

Karel Müller has graduated in1996 from the Faculty of Philosophy, Charles University in Prague and obtained MA degree in Philosophy. In 2002 he finished his internal postgraduate study at Institute of Political Science at Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University and he has obtained PhD degree in Political Science; defending his thesis Czechs and Civil Society, which was later published (Prague: Triton 2002). Since 1999 he teaches Political Science at University of Economics in Prague.

Ferenc Miszlivetz is senior research fellow at the Institute for Political Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Jean Monnet professor and director of the Institute of Social and European Studies of the Dániel Berzsenyi College. In 2000 he was head of the Hungarian Team and Expert, „Preparity – Structural Policy and regional Planning Along the External EU Frontier to Central Europe: Preparing for Eastern Enlargement.” His main research topics include: social movements, emerging civil societies and participation, new political parties and human rights in Eastern Europe during the transition period, European integration, European security, the eastern enlargement of the European Union. Among his most recent publications in English is Ilusions and Realities – The Metamorphosis of Civil Society in a New European Space (Savaria University Press, 1999). E-mail: fmiszlivetz@axelero.hu

Jody Jensen is a research fellow at the Institute of Political Science of The Hungarian Academy f Sciences.  She is the Director of International Relations for the Institute for Social and European Studies and an assistant professor at Daniel Berzsenyi College in Szombathely. Author and co-author of several books: East Central Europe: Paradox and Perspective, Savaria University Press, Szombathely 1995 (with Ferenc Miszlivetz).  jjense5@attglobal.net

Endre Domonkos (1978) has graduated in Science-History at the University of ELTE. He is 5-th year student at the Faculty of Political Science. His main interest research areas are: tripartit institutional systems in Central-Europe, political elite and political culture, election systems and changement of regimes in Central Europedandd@chello.hu