About the authors

Nations, Minority Rights and Civil Attitudes

Janine R. Wedel is an American Associate Professor of Graduate School of Public and International Affairs of University of Pittsburgh, earlier she was Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University. Her most important books are: (2001.) Collision and Collusion: The Strange Case of Western Aid to Eastern Europe 1989-1998. New York, N.Y.: St. Martin’s Press. and  (2000) Clans, Cliques, and Captured States: How We Misunderstand „Transition” in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. National Council for Eurasian and East European Research and the National Institute of Justice. e-mail: jwedel@pitt.edu

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 politics and comparative politics. His most important publication are: Comparative Political and Public Politic Research and Analysis (2003); The Science of Dialectic and Fundamental Empiricism. (Athén Sakkoulas Publ. in Greek 2002). Introduction to Political, Public and Comparative Sciences (Athén, 2001). He published different studies in CEPSR. papadoul@otenet.gr

György Csepeli is a Hungarian Professor of Social Psychology, Department of Sociology, Miskolc University and Faculty of Social Sciences, ELTE, Budapest; Currently he is vice-minister in the Ministry of Information. In His research interests: ethnic and national identity in East Central Europe, Hungarian national character, social psychology of information society. Major publications are: Contemporary Hungarian National Identity, Social Science Monographs, Boulder, CO, 1997; Szociálpszichológia [Social Psychology Textbook], Budapest: Osiris, 1997.; Az antiszemita előítélet [Anti-Semitic Prejudice], Budapest: Jószöveg, 2nd ed. 1999; European Nations and Nationalism: Theoretical and Historical Perspectives (coedited with H. Dekker, L. Hagendoorn and R. Farnen), Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000; Grappling with National Identity: How Nations See Each Other in Central Europe (co-authored with A. Örkény and M. Székelyi), Bp.: Akadémiai K. 2002. Nemzeti érzés és európai identitás [National Consciussness and European Identity] (co authored with Székelyi et all.) 2007.Email: csepelig@yahoo.com

Miroslav Kusý is Slovak and Central European philosopher and political scientist, emeritus professor at the Commenius University of Bratislava. In 1977 he was one of the three signatories of the Charta 77 document, which demanded that the Communist government abide by the international human rights covenants that it ratified. In 1989 he spent ten weeks in prison awaiting trial for the ‘treason and subversion of the Republic’, being released just before the Velvet Revolution in November 1989. After that, he served as the Minister of Information in the so-called ”Government of National Reconciliation” of Czechoslovakia, the Rector of the Comenius University, and the Deputy of the (Czechoslovak) Presidential Office for Slovakia.He is the founder of the Slovak Helsinki Committee for human rights, Milan Šimečka Foundation, and he acts as a UNESCO Chair for Human Rights in Slovakia. He writes weekly columns for the daily SME and author of 11 books. miroslav.kusy@fphil.uniba.sk

József Kotics is a Hungarian habilitated professor at the University of Miskolc, Director of the Institute of Cultural and Visual Anthropology and visiting professor t the University of Debrecen. Field of research: historical anthropology, ecological anthropology, multiculturalism, assimilation, anthropology of the Roma culture.  His latest books are: (2006) Gazdasági stratégiák és magatartások. (Economical strategies and behaviours) Debrecen: Ethnica. and (2002)   Parasztgazdaság és modernizáció. (Peasants and Modernization) Debrecen. KLTE Néprajzi Tanszék. kotics@t-email.hu

Gábor Biczó is a Hungarian habilitated professor of philosophy and anthropology. He is associated professor of the Department of Cultural and Visual Anthropology at Miskolc University. He wrote his PhD thesis about Friedrich Nietzsche’s early Philosophy. His man research field is the philosophical anthropological analyzes of the theory and the practice of assimilation and the history of the theory of anthropology, theory of assimilation, German Philosophy in late 19th century. He carried field works in Transilvania: Gyimesközéplok – Lunca de Jos (Harghita), Domokos – Damacusen (Maramures), Monó – Manau (Silaj) (2004). Assimilation-research – Theory and Practice. Budapest. MTA PTI Etnoregionális Kutatóközpont. (2004). “The function and meaning of material culture in the tourism of Gyimes Region”.In: Tourist Construction and Consumption of Culture(s). Szarvas Zsuzsa (ed.) Budapest. Hungarian Ethnographical Society.  biczogabor@vipmail.hu

Tamás Fricz is a Hungarian political scientist, senior research fellows in the Institute for Political Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and he is professor at the University of Miskolc and director of 21th.Century Institute of Budapest. He is editor of Hungarian political science quarterly: Politikatudományi Szemle. His main research topic is comparative parties and party systems in Central Europe and in Hungary. He edited nine books and articles. His latest work is in Hungarian (2006): Az árok két oldalán – a magyar demokrácia természetrajza. Budapest. Kairos. friczt@mtapti.hu

Dávid Furmann (1979-2006) was a Hungarian political scientist, PhD student and young, talent Central European intellectual. He was an eminence student, graduated in 2004 at the Miskolc of University. He wrote his thesis about the meaning of left and right in politics. In 2005 he participated in the “Intensif Socrates-Erasmus Program” for political scientists, organized by the Université Catholique de Louvain about « Citoyenneté, Identités, Legitimité et Gouvernance dans l’Union Européen multiniveaux ». In 2006 he finished his study at the Central European University (History MA). He wrote his thesis about “Inter-war Discussions on the Central European Identity in Hungary”. His post-humus book will come out in 2007 with the title of: Köztes Európa (Europe “in between” – in Hungarian and English). The “Fundation Furmann” and the “Annual Price of David Furmann” for young political scientists has been named after him to conserve his memory.

Krisztina Mária Szabó is a Hungarian PhD student of political science and lecturer of political communication at the Political Science Institute of University of Miskolc. She was research assistant at the Institute of Political Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and assistant of editor of CEPSR. Her research interest is political communication of political leaders, parties and electoral campaigns. She published several articles in this topic. krisztinsz@mtapti.hu

Zoltán Berényi is Hungarian political scientist, senior professor at the Political Science Department of University of Debrecen. His main research field is the civil society, political behaviour of the citizens. His most important latest studies are: (1999) Constitutional Democracy and Civil Society in Post-Communist Hungary (Budapest, IPS of HAS). berzol@delfin.klte.hu

Máté Szabó is Hungarian professor and head of Department of Political Science at the Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of State and Law, Budapest. His research interests are social movements, political protest in Central and Western Europe, and movements against globalization. His main publications in English Main publications in English include: The Challenge of Europeanization in the Region: East Central Europe. (ed.) HPSA. Budapest.1996. (with W. Merkel et.al.).  In Hungarian: Protest, Police and Democracy (with D. Wisler 1999, VUK Budapest), The Global Civil Society (2000, VUK Budapest).  matedoc@ludens.elte.hu

Imre Lévai is a Hungarian economist and political scientist. Since 1998 he is senior research fellow with the Institute for Political Science (HAS). Visiting fellow to India (1980-91),Leverhulme fellow in the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University (1986). Ph.D. in world economics. Main publications in English: “Political Economy of the Working Class”, “The Indian Debate on Unequal Exchange” (Budapest: Institute for World Economics, 1983 [1st ed.], 1984 [2nd ed.]), “Economic Reforms, Liberalization and Structural Change. India and Hungary” (New Delhi: Gyan Publishing House, 1997 with R. R. Sharma). levai@mtapti.hu

Hortenzia Hosszú is an assistant lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts, University of Miskolc, Hungary and also PhD candidate in political science. Her research topic includes the comparative institutions as Political and Governmental Systems; Electoral Systems and Campaigning. She is author of several articles on this field. Currently she is working on her thesis about Governmental Decision-making Centers. hortenziahosszu@gmail.com