About the authors

International Relations and Diplomacy in Central Europe

Carlos Flores Juberías is a Spanish professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Valencia Law School, got his JD in 1993. He was Fulbright scholar (1993 and 1994) and visiting lecturer (1994-1995) at the University of California San Diego. He is currently Editor-in-chief of the quarterly Cuadernos Constitucionales, secretary of the Valencian Association of Public Management (AVGP). He coordinated the first five Spanish Conferences of East European Studies. His publications have been focused mainly on the comparative study of elections and electoral systems, the formation of party systems, constitution making processes, and European integration in the new Central and East European democracies. His latest books are: Estudios sobre la Europa Oriental (Valencia, 2002), Rusia, en vísperas de su futuro (with A Colomer, Valencia, 2002), “Actas del III Encuentro Espanol de Estudios sobre la Europa Oriental” (Valencia, 2004), “La Política Exterior, de Seguridad y de Defensa de la Unión Europea” (Valencia, 2004) and De la Europa del Este al este de Europa (Valencia, 2006). carlos.flores@uv.es

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 some chapters in the Central European Political Science Review papadoul@otenet.gr

Rafał Boguszewski  is a Polish professor of political science and sociology. He is working for CBOS Public Opinion Research Institute of Poland. k.zagorski@cbos.pl

Csaba Varga is a Hungarian jurisprudent, scientific adviser at the Institute for Legal Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and professor at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University of Hungary, founding director of its Institute for Legal Philosophy. In addition to transition to rule of law this became one of his standing research topics when he served as a member of the Advisory Board to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Hungary between 1991–1994. His interest now ranges from legal philosophy & methodology via patterns of judicial thought to comparative legal cultures. He is author of twelve books and nineteen edited books in English or German. His relevant publications do include Coming to Terms with the Past under the Rule of Law (Bp. 1994), and Transition to Rule of Law (Bp.1995,), as well as Jogállami? átmenetünk? (Transition? to rule of law? Bp. 2007, “PoLíSz). varga@jak.ppke.hu

Vladimir Olegovich Rukavisnyikov is a Russian political scientist. He is Professor at the Faculty of Global Politics and Global Economics of the State University-Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia since 2003. Prior to 2003 he worked in the Institute of Socio-Political Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences where he also occupied a Deputy Director position in early 1990s.  Since the late 1980s his researches were focused on Russian politics and public opinion trends; Russian and western foreign policies, global competitiveness and political culture transformations, international security, and related topics. He has published more than two hundred articles, and has authored over a dozen of books in many countries. His most recent monograph has the title Cholodnaya Voina, Cholodnyi Mir. (Cold War, Cold Peace: the US and European public opinion on the USSR/Russia, security and foreign policy), Moscow, 2005.rukavish@hotmail.com

Károly Gruber is a Hungarian political scientist. He did his undergraduate studies at Berzsenyi College in Szombathely. He earned his first class degree in English and Sociology in 1994. He later studied at the Central European University and gained his Master`s degree in Politics in 1995. Between 1995 and 1998, he was doctoral student at the Sussex European Institute, University of Sussex, Brighton. He was awarded a PhD in European Studies in 1999. He is the author of more than 30 articles in leading Hungarian, Romanian, British and American journals. His book ”European identities: Region, Nation and Integration was published in 2002. kgruber85@hotmail.com

Hortenzia Hosszú is a junior researcher at Institute for Political Sciences Hungarian Science Academy, Budapest, Hungary and also PhD candidate in applied political science and literary science. Currently she is working on her thesis about Governmental Decision-making Centers. Her research topic includes comparative institutions as Political and Governmental Systems; Electoral Systems and Campaigning. She is author of several articles on this field.hortenziahosszu@gmail.com

József  N. Szabó habilitated University Professor is the 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 since 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. He has published 8 scientific books and over 150 scientific dissertations have been printed in first-line Hungarian and international journals and publishers. nszaboj@nyf.hu