About the authors

Lessons from EU accession for Central Europe

Kay Lawson is professor of political science at San Francisco State University and visiting professor at the University of Paris (Sorbonne). She is the author and editor of numerous articles and books on political parties, including The Comparative Study of Political Parties, 1976, and the edited volumes Political Parties and Linkage, 1980; When Parties Fail (co-edited with Peter Merkl), 1988; and How Political Parties Work, 1994. She leads the international Work Group on Parties and Elections and is president of its parent body, the Committee on Political Sociology. klawson@sfsu.edu

Kenneth Chan is Assistant Professor of European Politics at the Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University. His publications: Poland at the Crossroads: the 1993 General Election, Europe-Asia Studies, 1995; Pantswa Autorytarne a Tajwanski Cud Gosdodraczy, Sutdia Polityczna, 6 1996; Post-Communist Party Politics: The New Polish Party System, Oxford International Review, 1997. He is a co-investigator of the Hong Kong Transition Project and has commented on Hong Kong politics, Russian politics and European affairs for local and foreign media including CNN, CNBC, Agence France-Presse, Radio Television Hong Kong and Hong Kong Standard. kklchan@hkbu.edu.hk

Árpád Gordos is director general of the State Secretariat for Integration and External Economic Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hungary. He was born in Hungary, 1948. Graduated from Marx Károly University of Economics, Budapest. He is civil servant since 1971, diplomat since 1976.Completed his PhD in1974, safeguard-clauses in international trade. Post graduated at the GATT, in Geneva. He attended different courses on EU affairs in Geneva, Brussels, Oxford, Strasbourg etc. His main publications include: FDI in CEE, exchange rate policy, EU single market, EU Constitutional Treaty. He is frequent lecturer in Hungary, in old and new Member-States of the EU. He is author of “The Hungarian “jojo” in Europe”, (Szombathely, 2002, in Hungarian); and co-author of several other books and chapters on European affairs. agordos@kum.hu

Bálint Ódor is counsellor within the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with main responsibilities of the European Convention, the Intergovernmental Conference and the EU’s institutional affairs. He graduated from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) in economics, and author of different articles on the EU’s institutional reform. obalint@kum.hu

Michael Dobbins after studying at Rutgers University and the University of Warsaw, Michael Dobbins received his Masters Degree in Political Science and Slavic Studies from the University of Konstanz (Germany) in 2003. His thesis dealt with the impact of enlargement on various conflict lines and coalition formation in the EU. He now is beginning work on his dissertation: Regulatory Networks in Europeanized Transformation States. He works as a research assistant and translator in Konstanz.michael.dobbins@uni-konstanz.de

Dietrich Drüner M.A. is a research assistant and PhD candidate at the University of Konstanz. Studied Public Administration and Political Science at the University of Konstanz, and at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris. He graduated in 2002 with a diploma thesis on coalition formation in the EU Council of ministers. Holding a scholarship from the Land of Baden-Württemberg, he is currently working on a PhD thesis in political science on the stability of decision-making in the EU and the impact of eastern enlargement on legislative decision-making processes.dietrich.druener@web.de

Uroš Pinterič is postgraduate student on Faculty of Social Sciences and cooperating with Center for Political Science Research. All the rest participants are students/graduates of the political science; course Policy Analysis and Public Administration, on the Faculty of Social Sciences. Zlata Ploštajner is assistant on Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana and working at Urbanistic institute of Slovenia, her work is connected with regional development of Slovenia. Klementina Zapušek is postgraduate students on Faculty of Social Sciences, University  of Ljubljana. Nina Benda, Dušanka Černalogar, Ines Frece, Alenka Gašperčič, Jasmina Golob, Andrej Grilj, Boris Kaučič, Darja Malogorski, Kristina Mohorič, Jasmina Molan, Matej Pinter, Andreja Potočnik, Katarina Rojko, Vesna Resinovič, Maja Žibert, Gregor Živec are graduate students on Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana.urospinteric.fdv@siol.net

Matthew Longo is a 2003-2004 Fulbright student in Croatia, pursuing research on the 2003 parliamentary elections in Croatia in association with the University of Zagreb Faculty of Political Science. Interested in comparing the elections between Croatia and Serbia, he attended a workshop in Belgrade entitled Electoral Processes in South East Europe, and he has served as a Short Term Observer (STO) in the OSCE/ODIHR mission to monitor the November 16th Serbian presidential elections, as well as the December 28th Serbian parliamentary elections. Matthew Longo is a graduate of Yale University, cum laude, in Political Science and Philosophy.  matthew_longo@yahoo.com

Endre Domonkos was graduated in Science-History and Political science at the University of ELTE, Budapest (1998-2003). He is PhD student at the Budapest University of Economy. Currently he is working in The Office for Hungarian President.  His main interest researches are: tripartit institutional systems in Central-Europe, political elite and political culture, election systems in Central Europe. He published different electoral studies. dandd@chello.hu

Tibor Szabó is a Hungarian Széchenyi Prize professor of political philosophy at the University of Szeged and senior researcher at the Institute for Political Science of Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest. He wrote different books about the Italian political science, about Antonio Gramsci and the philosophy of the renaissance age. Hi published 21 books. His latest books are: “Understanding Norberto Bobbio” (Budapest, VUK. 2001.),  “Dante Interpretation in the 20th Century Hungary” (Budapest, Balassi K. 2003). He is working on the current Italian party system, on the radical movements and the Italian national identity; he has got Dante Price from the Academy of Florence (1998). szabo@jgytf.u-szeged.hu