About the authors

Multiculturalism and political action

Ashok Kumar Upadhyay is an Indian professor of political philosophy. He was a visiting scholar at Institute for Political Science of Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest by Indo-Hungarian Cultural Exchange Programme. He is working on the questions relating to Multiculturalism and Democratic Governance. In India he is an Associate Professor of Political Science at S.M.M.Town Postgraduate College, Ballia and of University of Varanasi (Benares). He has published many research articles in different academic journals on the themes such as Rawlsian Social Order, Rawls’ Two Principles of Justice, and Issues before Democratic Governance. He wrote a book on Rawls Concept of Justice (1999). ashokb5@rediffmail.com

Rubén Ruiz Ramas is a Spanish political scientist (Zaragoza, 1979). He is Fellow Research at the Political Science Department at the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology of the UNED in Madrid, Spain. Degree in ‘Contemporary History’ and ‘Master Degree in Constitutional Law and Political Science’ at the Political and Constitutional Studies Centre (CEPC). Currently, he is preparing his PhD thesis focused on the influence of regionalist factionalism on the political instability in three post-soviet countries: Georgia, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan. Finally, along with Jesús de Andrés Sanz and Antonio Moneo Laín have launched www.eurasianet.es, an initiative that, with the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Education’s financing support, propose to create a virtual congress for whom that research about Central and Eastern Europe, Balkans and former Soviet Union republics. ruben.ruiz@bec.uned.es

Jesús de Andrés Sanz is a Spanish political scientist (Guadalajara, 1968). He is Professor at the Political Science Department at the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology of the UNED in Madrid, Spain. He defended his PhD thesis in June 2002 (“Golpe de Estado y cambio político en el proceso de transición soviético-ruso”). Jesús de Andrés Sanz has took part in several research projects related with the post-communist area: CESEDEN („ Capacity and Russian influence on the world context”, “ Russian problematic in the XXI’s  Century”); CICYT (“ Comparative Analysis of the conflicts around the Eastern Europe minorities”); “ Ethnic minorities conflicts in Eastern Europe. Key variables” at the Instituto Gutiérrez Mellado. Jesús de Andrés Sanz is author of a great number of articles and book chapters which are available on the following site: www.eurasianet.es

Peter Szigeti is a Hungarian jurisprudent and political scientist; scientific adviser at the Institute for Science Politic of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and professor at the I. Széchenyi University of Győr in Hungary. He is head of Department of Legal Philosophy and President of the Hungarian National Election Committee. He was Author of four monographers (Organized Capitalism 1991; Theory of Rule of Law 2004; In look for World System 2005; State of Legal Order in Hungary 1989-2006) and three other books in these topics.  szigp@t-online.hu

Ibolya Vincze is a Hungarian economist, teacher at the financial department of István Széchenyi University of Győr in Hungary, and a doctorate candidate. She has worked as an economist for international companies. As a teacher she teaches marketing, PR and business informatics. Now her research is focused on the economic and political aspects of the transmission in Eastern-Central Europe. She has given several presentations on this topic both in Hungarian and in international congresses. Her last article on this topic has appeared in Hungarian review „Eszmélet” in 2008. ibolyavincze@t-online.hu

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

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 (with facing the past and civil obedience/disobedience included) 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 now ranges from legal philosophy & methodology via patterns of judicial thought to comparative legal cultures. In addition to his twelve authored and nineteen edited books in English or German, his relevant 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 (Budapest 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

Jody Jensen is an English-Hungarian political scientist, a senior research fellow at the Institute of Political Science at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest. She is also the Director of International Relations for the European University Institute in Kőszeg, Hungary where she teaches in the International MA Program in International Relations and European Studies. Her current research topics and courses include global governance and global civil society, transformation of the nation state and governing global markets. jodyjensen@yahoo.com

Leonidas Donskis is a Lithuanian philosopher, historian of ideas, political commentator, and critic. He was majoring in philology and theater, and then pursued his graduate studies in philosophy at the University of Vilnius. He later earned his second doctorate in social and moral philosophy from the Univ. of Helsinki. Currently he serves as Director of the Political Science and Diplomacy School at Vytautas Magnus Univ. in Kaunas, Lithuania. He acts as Foreign Docent of Social and Moral Philosophy at the Univ. of Helsinki. He is the author of nine books, including: Loyalty, Dissent, and Betrayal: Modern Lithuania and East-Central European Moral Imagination (Rodopi, 2005), Forms of Hatred: The Troubled Imagination in Modern Philosophy and Literature (Rodopi, 2003; VIBS-Value Inquiry Book Series Nomination for the 2003 Best Book in Social Philosophy in North America; VIBS 2003 Best Book Award), Identity and Freedom: Mapping Nationalism and Social Criticism in Twentieth-Century Lithuania (Routledge, 2002), and The End of Ideology and Utopia? (Peter Lang, 2000). l.donskis@pmdi.vdu.lt

Peter Tamási is a Hungarian sociologist, earlier member of the research staff of the Institute of Sociology of the Hungarian Academy, started his career as an editor at Akadémiai Kiadó. In 1979–1983 he worked for the European Co-ordination Centre for Research and Documentation in Social Sciences, Vienna, as a scientific secretary responsible for the co-ordination of international projects and the publication of the research results. Between 1983 and 1995 he was a chief official at the Central Bureau of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences responsible for science management, then chief counsellor to the President. He has taken part in several international projects and has also co-ordinated some of them. editusbt@t-online.hu