About the authors

The Lesson of National and Social Security

Richard R. Weiner is an American political scientist, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Political Science at Rhode Island College where he has developed programs such as international non-governmental studies, media studies, “politics and society,” “artist and society,” and “performance and society.” He is the author of Cultural Marxism and Political Sociology, 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. His address: Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI 02908 USA.   rweiner@ric.edu

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. His researches were focused on Russian politics and public opinion trends; Russian and western foreign policies, 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 Cold War, Cold Peace: the US and European public opinion on the USSR/Russia, security and foreign policy, Moscow, 2005. rukavish@hotmail.com

Spencer B. Meredith, III is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, Rochester Institute of Technology, a Fulbright Scholar, and a frequent lecturer for the US State Department’s Public Diplomacy Program. His research includes the role of religion in conflict resolution, EU enlargement and nuclear safety in Eastern Europe, and democratization in developing nations. sbmgsm@rit.edu

George Schöpflin is a British-Hungarian historian and political scientist and Emeritus professor. He was Jean Monnet Professor of Politics at the University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies. Currently he is elected Member of the European Parliament, and visiting professor at the University of Bologna. He is author of 24 books on Central Europe: The dilemmas of Identity (2005); Nation, Identity, Power: The New Politics of Europe (London, Hurst, 2000); Politics in Central Europe 1944-1992 (Oxford, Blackwell, 1993). He is member of International Advisor Committee of Central European Political Science Review. gschopflin@clara.co.uk

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

Sylvia María de Jesús Valls is a Cuban-Mexican social scientist and linguist. She was born in 1937 in Cuba. created the Civil association Instituto Simone Weil in Mexico. She obtained her PhD in Wayne State University, (Detroit, Michigan, 1977, Modern Languages and Literatures). Throughout her teaching and writing career in the United States and Mexico, she has endeavoured to maintain a multi-disciplinarian perspective highly reliant on personal experience and on her extensive/intensive multi-cultural routings. In 1989 she created the Civil Association Instituto Simone Weil whose objective is to make known the works of Simone Weil and other writers whose thought seems most crucial to our survival as human beings. Reactivation of the association is under way and a web site under construction. Her most persistent topic: the need for a new model of citizenship able to look after men´s earthly needs: the needs of the body as much as of the soul. sylviamvalls@yahoo.com

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 which 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 after the first free election (between 1991–1994), his interest ranges from legal philosophy & methodology via patterns of judicial thought to comparative legal cultures. His twelve authored and nineteen edited books in English or German, his publications do include Coming to Terms with the Past under the Rule of Law (Budapest 1994, “Windsor Klub” series) and Transition to Rule of Law (Bp 1995, „Philosophiae Iuris” series), as well as Transition? to Rule of Law? (Budapest 2008, “PoLíSz könyvek” series). varga@jak.ppke.hu

József N. Szabó is a Hungarian political scientist. He is professor and head of Department of International Relations in the Faculty of Economic and Social Science at the College of Nyíregyháza, Hungary. He has been member of the Academy of New York since 2003 and a Visiting Professor of University of Paris Sud since 2002. His mayor field of research is the relation of culture and politics in the post-war Hungary and history of the Hungarian cultural diplomacy. nszaboj@nyf.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 came out in 2007: Köztes Európa (Europe “in between” – in Hungarian). The “Fundation Furmann” and the “Annual Price of David Furmann” for young political scientists has been named after him to conserve his memory.