About the authors

Central European lessons from history and EU accession

Richard R. Weiner is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Political Science at Rhode Island College, where he has developed programs such as “politics and society,” “the artist and society,” “performance and society” and media studies.  He is the author of Cultural Marxism and Political Society, and the forthcoming Fugitive Subjectivity: Social Rights and the Governance of Social Law.  His articles have appeared in Sociologie du Travail, Constellations and Current Perspectives in Social Theory.  rweiner@ric.edu

Bojan Todosijevic is from Novi Sad (Vojvodina, Yugoslavia). Currently he is doctoral candidate at Political Science Department, Central European University: Budapest. His main research interests are: political attitudes, voting behavior, political tolerance, nationalism, prejudice, evolutionary psychology and quantitative methods. Recent publications: ‘The Hungarian Voter: Left-Right Dimension as a Clue to Policy Preferences’, International Political Science Review, (2004) Vol. 25, No. 4, 411-433. ‘Structure vs. Culture Again: Corporatism and the ”New Politics” in 16 Countries of the Western Europe’, (with Zs. Enyedi) European Journal of Political Research, (2003) 42: 629-642. bojant@isr.umich.edu

Zsolt Enyedi has studied sociology, history and political science in Budapest and Amsterdam. Currently he is Associate Professor at the Political Science Department of the Central European University. His research interests include party politics, church and state relations, political attitudes and comparative government. His publications include Politics in the Shadow of the Cross (1998, Osiris), Parties and Party Systems (2001, Osiris, co-authored with A. Körösényi), Authoritarianism and Prejudice (1999, Osiris, co-edited with F. Erdős), The 1994 Elections to the Hungarian Assembly (1999, Sigma, co-edited with G. Tóka), and Church and State in Contemporary Europe (2003, Frank Cass, co-edited with John Madeley). Zsolt Enyedi was the 2003 recipient of the Wildenmann Prize. enyedizs@ceu.hu

Danica Fink-Hafner is a full Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Head of the Centre for Political Research at the same faculty. Her research interests include democratic transition, political parties, elections, interest groups (policy networks, lobbying), policy analysis, EU public policy-making, and ‘Europeanisation’ of candidate-state politics and policies. danica.fink-hafner@fdv.uni-lj.si

Damjan Lajh is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and researcher at the Centre for Political Research at the same faculty. His research interests include the comparative analysis of democratic transition and constitutional choices in post-Yugoslav states, the Europeanisation of national political institutions, and implementation of the EU’s structural policy.damjan.lajh@fdv.uni-lj.si

Marjan Brezovsek is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana and researcher in Centre for Political Science Research (CPSR). After the graduation on the Faculty of 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. In 1987 he successfully defended his thesis and has got the master degree from the field of decision-making process in social organizations. In 1994 he acquired Ph.D. In 1999 he was elected in the title of Associate Professor. Today he lectures Public Administration, Political System of Republic of Slovenia and Local Self-Government. marjan.brezovsek@fdv.uni-lj.si

Miro Hacek is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and researcher in Centre for Political Science Research (CPSR). He is also Secretary General of the Slovenian political science association. He lectures Civil service systems, Local Self-Government and Politics of the bureaucracy. He published several papers about these topics. miro.hacek@fdv.uni-lj.si

Hortenzia Hosszú is a Hungarian political scientist. She graduated in Political Sciences at the University of Miskolc, Miskolc. Currently she is PhD student of political science at the University (of Economy) Corvinus Budapest and University of Miskolc. Currently she is working as a civil servant in the social science department of the Prime Minister’s Office and par time assistant lecturer in the Political Science Department of the University of Miskolc. Her main research area is competitive political structures, electoral systems and multiculturalism of Indian society. She published several chapters about these topics. hosszu.hortenzia@meh.hu

Tomaž Boh is Research Assistant at the Centre for Political Research at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana: Slovenia. He is PhD candidate at the same faculty. His main research interests include the European policy process, European environmental policy and transformation of nation-state as result of EU integration processes. He is currently preparing his PhD thesis on Europeanisation and implementation of common European environmental policy in Slovenia.tomaz.boh@fdv.uni-lj.si

Tamás Csapody is a Hungarian political scientist. He took degrees in law, then in sociology, in Budapest. Since 1986, he has specialized in human rights and civil society issues. He published 30 studies in this field, including on the subjects of nonviolence, alternative movements, conscientious objection, and civilian public service. He is research fellow for the Institute of Behavioral Sciences of the Medical University of Budapest. Currently he teaches moral philosophy at the Budapest University, and Peace Studies at the University of Pécs as well. Presently his research work is on the history of conscientious objection in Hungary since 1945, and the ten years old civilian public service. Currently he is preparing the country report for Hungary for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. telepes@axelero.hu

Gabor Kiraly graduated in Sociology from Eötvös Lóránd University of Sciences in 2003. He majored in Environmental Studies. The title of his diploma thesis was The Problem of Technology in Social Theories, which is closely linked to his main research field of the politics of technology. At present, he is reading towards his PhD. and also participates in research projects related to the issue of interrelation between technology and society. gkiraly@index.hu

Zoltán László Szabó is a guest lecturer in the Political Science Department at the University of Miskolc. He was born in Budapest in 1948, and attended to Eötvös Lorand University in 1967. In 1969, he left the country and immigrated to the United States. He graduated from San Francisco State University in 1975, where he earned a doctorate in philosophy. In 1992, he returned to Hungary and has been teaching various academic subjects ranging from film aesthetics to American intellectual history. His main publications include: The Marxism of Jean-Paul Sartre, Music goes to war in California, The American Society and the End of History, and Globalization from different perspectives (in Hungarian) His main interest researches are: postmodern philosophy, the sociology of music, film and society, and the American electoral system.postmodern@freemail.hu