About the authors

Public policy in Central Europe

Konstantinos  J.  Papadoulis is a Greek professor of political science. He is senior lecturer at the Department of Economic Sciences, University of Thessaly. His research topic is public policy, post-communist politisc and comparative politics.  His publications are:  2003. Comparative political and public policy research and  analysis: The science of dialectical and fundamental empiricism. Athens: Ant.  Sakkoulas Publ. (in Greek). 2002. Introduction to Political, Public Policy and Comparative Sciences. An introduction to the theory and the empiricism of self-interest and selfishness. Athens: Ant. Sakkoulas Publ. (in Greek). papadoul@otenet.gr

István Stumpf is a Hungarian political scientist, and associate professor at the Political Science Department, Law Faculty of the Eötvös Loránd University, and a Senior Researcher at The Political Science Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He is also president of the Századveg Foundation, the largest independent think-tank in Hungary. Between 1998 and 2002 he held the office of the Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office. His research topics include parties and party systems, electoral behaviour, party preferences and government structures – systems ofgovernance.stumpf@szazadveg.hu

Hortenzia Hosszú is a Hungarian political scientist, assistant lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Miskolc, Hungary and PhD candidate in political science. Since 2004 she is assistant of editor of Central European Political Science Review. Besides her academic work she currently works as a division head for the Centre for Strategic Analyzing and Planning of Prime Minister’s Office, in Budapest. Her research topic includes the comparative institutions as Political and Governmental Systems; Electoral Systems and Campaigning. In the 2005/2006 academic year she is studying at National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo. hortenziahosszu@hotmail.com

Irena Baclija is a Slovenian Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Social Science, University of Ljubljana. Her field of research is Urban Quarter Communities, as a new quality in political participation in the capital of Slovenia. irena.baclija@guest.arnes.si

Marjan Brezovsek is Associate Professor on the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana and researcher in Center for Political Science Research (CPSR). In 1994 he acquired the Ph.D. 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. His recent publications include: 2000. The Re-estructuring of Slovenian State Administration. In: EU enlargement to the east: public administration in Eastern Europe and European standards. ;1998. Cultura politica nella pubblica amministrazione Slovenia. In: La pubblica amministazione di fronte all´Europa. Societa editrice, Bologna, pp. 21-35; irena.baclija@guest.arnes.si

Iuliana Precupetu is a Romanian sociologist, researcher at the Institute for the Quality of Life, Romanian Academy and an associate lecturer for the Department of Sociology, University of Bucharest. She is a specialist in quality of life, methods of social research, community development and political science. Her recent publications are: with M. Voicu et all. (2005) Romanian farmers facing EU regulations, Iasi: Expert Publishing House; (2005), Quality of Life in Romania, Bucuresti: Expert Publishing Houseiuliana@iccv.ro

Marius Precupetu is a Lecturer at the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration – Bucuresti, Political Science Department, in the fields of: public opinion and elections, social change, methodology of social research (qualitative and quantitative research methods, social statistics, data analysis). He has been part of national and international research projects on democratic values, education and public policy. His recent publications: Relevanţa culturii politice pentru studiul democratizării (The Relevance of Political Culture to the Democratization Studies). Sociologie Romanească. No. 1-2/2004. with Precupeţu et all. (2004), Consolidating Democracy in Romania: Political attitudes and Values, in Pollack D, et all.: Democratic Values in Central and Eastern Europe. Frankfurt. precupetum@spidd.ro,

Ioan Marginean is the scientific director of the Research Institute for Quality of Life (Romanian Academy) and he is also a professor at the Department of Sociology and Social Assistance, University of Bucharest, teaching courses of “Social Policy”, “Quality of Life”, “Methods and techniques of social research” and “Social indicators”.  One of his major interests is in political science, being one of the analysts of the process of democratic consolidation on Romania. He took part in many national and international projects on democratic values, political and economic attitudes, quality of life, and social policy. : imargin@iccv.ro

Péter Horváth graduated in Politics at Department of Political Science of Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of State and Law, Budapest. After completing his doctoral courses in Politics at Eötvös Loránd University he was scholarship holder at University of Oslo, Umeå University, and visiting scholar at University of Sheffield. He was Currently he is working on his doctoral thesis; its topic is political executive in Hungary. horvath.peter@chello.hu

Anikó Bródy is a Hungarian political scientist. She attended at Eötvös Lóránd University (ELTE) in Budapest where she studied both Swedish literature-and-linguistics and political sciences. She also took part in an European Studies program and has been a participant in Scientific Student Association of International and European Studies at ELTE, where she wrote several publications about the European movement and The European Council. Her main research areas are the elections to the European Parliament in Sweden and communication of the EU.aniko.brody@fibermail.hu.