About the authors

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Marcus Marktanner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon. He received his Ph.D. from the Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany. Before joining the faculty of AUB, he held teaching and research positions in Germany and the USA. His research interests include political economy, public policy analysis, transitional and development economics. He also serves as a consultant for the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. marktanner@aub.ed.lb

Judit Tóth (1962) is a Hungarian associate professor of law at the Faculty of Law, University of Szeged, and a research team leader in the European Union financed FP6 “Challenge” project (2004-2008) at the Minority Studies Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. As an expert of migration policy, she published about 130 articles in Hungarian and English on refugees, minorities, labour migrants as well as the impacts of the European enlargement on migratory movements, national policy and identity. Her recent book Statusjogok: (The Substance of Statuses) is a comparative study on each legal status existing in national regulation including nationals, Diaspora, settled migrants, refugees, ethnic and national including, stateless persons, labour migrants and tolerated aliens in Hungary (2004). It attempts to indicate the maneuvering room of national legislation within the framework of the European community law, international and human rights. skula@juris.u-szeged.hu

Viera Koganová works at the Chair of Political Science at he Faculty of International Relations of the University of Economy in Bratislava, Slovakia. In her research and teaching activities she deals mainly with the issues of human rights and of the political systems of Slovakia. She has written or co-authored two books: “Political Parties and Movements in Slovakia after 1989” (1999) and “Political System of Slovak Republic after 1989” (2001); four university textbooks: “Democracy and Protection of Human Rights” (1996). “Human Rights and Freedoms in the Democratic Society” (2001). “Political Systems” (2002), and “Political Science” (2004); seven university syllabi, as well as 35 of articles published in the national and international specialized journals and 20 contributions to the books of proceedings form the international conferences.koganova@dec.euba.sk

Uros Pinteric is assistant professor at the Faculty of Socials Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and Phd candidate in political science. He is author of different articles on Slovenian electoral campaign. Slovenian public administration, European constitution and European Identity. He also edited the book on Slovenian municipal administration (2004). He cooperated with Center for Political Science Research and Slovenian urban Planning Institute. He was also paper give on CEPSA conference in 2003, 2004 and 2005, on Slovenian Political Science Association conference in 2003,
2004 and 2005 and at Conference on small states organized by Center for Small States, Univerity of Icleand in 2004. urospinteric.fdv@siol.net

Marek Louzek is a Czech researcher. He has Ph.D. degree. Currently works as an analyst for the Center for Economics and Politics in Prague and is an advisor to the president of the Czech Republic. He lectures at Prague’s University of Economics. Books (in Czech): “Forgotten Transition” (1999), “The Battle of Methods” (2001), “Population Economics” (2004), “EU Enlargement from the Public Choice Theory Point of View” (2004), “Max Weber” (2005). He is also the editor of a number of anthologies of the Center for Economics and Politics. louzek@post.cz

Tomaz Dezelan is a Ph.D. candidate of political science at the Faculty of social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and researcher at the Center for Political Science Research of the Institute of Social Sciences. He graduated in Theoretical Political Science with a diploma thesis on cohesion of deputy groups in the European parliament, completed the MA study programme in policy analysis and is currently writing a Ph.D. dissertation on citizenship. dezelan_tomaz@gmx.net

Levente Nagy is a Hungarian professor at the Political Science Department of the University of Miskolc, In Hungary. He graduated as a political scientist from York University of Toronto, and from the University of Debrecen. He is a Lecturer ant the College of Nyíregyháza as well. His research topics include the Theory of Nationalism, Ethnic Minorities in Central-Eastern Europe; English Political Thought in the Seventeenth Century, with an emphasis on the Theory of Social Contract. His recently published a book about. The Social Contract Theory and its role in Hobbes and Locke (Ed. L’Harmattan, Budapest) nagyl@zeus.nyf.hu

József N. Szabó is a Hungarian political scientist. He is habilitated University Professor. Currently he is head of Department of International Relations in the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences at the College of Nyíregyháza. He has been a member of the Academy of New York sine 2003 and a Visiting Professor of University Paris Sud since 2002. His major field of research is the relation of culture and politics in the post-war Hungary and the history of the Hungarian cultural diplomacy. nszaboj@nyf.hu

Krisztina Mária Szabó is a Hungarian professor of political communication at the Political Science Department of the University of Miskolc and Századvég Politikai Iskola of Eger. She is research assistant at the Institute of Political Science of HAS, and she was assistant of editor of CEPSR. Her research interest is political communication of political parties and of electoral campaigns. She published several articles in these topics. krisztinsz@mtapti.hu

Krisztina Kiss is a political science student at the Political Science Department of the University of Miskolc in Hungary. At this time she is doing some research on the development of the post-communist leftist youth organizations in Hungary. She is interested in electioneering, comparative political science and security policy.kiss.krisztina@bicomix.hu