About the authors

Changes and cooperation in Central Europe

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

Thomas Glasser is an English professor of history, political science, international relation and political science. He is professor of Department of International Relations and European Studies of Central European University. Since 1975 he was working for the EU Commission. Among other duties were designing an information and communications strategy. 1993-2001: Head of Enlargement Information Office, DG Enlargement. 2001-2004: Head of Press and Information Section, EC Delegation Budapest. Overall purpose: Provision of EU information to target groups. 2004 – 2005: Head of EU Representation in Hungary charged with political and media reporting, maintenance of relationships with government, media and civil society and implementation of Commission priority information programmes. Duties include diplomatic relations, annual planning and implementation of work program, financial and personnel supervision and development. His field is the international affairs.glaser00@btinternet.com

Aneta Valterová is a Czech PhD student at the department of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University in Prah, Czech Republic. She is a researcher and International Relations coordinator at the Institute for Comparative Political Research, Masaryk University, Prag. She specializes in systems of interest transmission, Europeanization of interest groups, Scandinavian political systems, and employer and business associations in the Czech Republich. valterov@fss.muni.cz

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

Gábor G. Fodor is a Hungarian political scientist, research director of the Századvég Political Foundation and Assistant at the Department of Political Science of Eötvös Lóránd University and Corvinus University, Budapest. His field of research are political philosophy, political theory and modern Hungarian political thought. He has published more than 30 articles on the topics of political philosophy and political thought. Recent books are: Kérdéstilalom – Eric Voegelin politikai filozófiája /’Frageverbot’ – Eric Voegelin’s Political Philosophy/ (2004); Gondoljuk újra a polgári radikálisokat /Rethinking the Bourgeois Radicalism/ (2004), Lú-e vagy szobor? /Horse or Statue?/ (2006 – with I. Schlett), and Kormányzás/tudás / Governance/Knowledge /(2008). The Hungarian Political Science Association awarded him with ”Kolnai Aurél Prize” for best books in Political Science of 2006. g.fodor@szazadveg.hu

Tamás Kern is a Hungarian sociologist-political scientist, principal reseacher at Századvég Political Foundation, lecturer at Political Science Department of University of Pécs. His field of interest: Hungarian political system, security and military policy. Main articles: Magyarország: tripartizmus és szociális párbeszéd – átfogó gazdasági és társadalmi paktum nélkül. In: Nemzeti Érdek, 2008/3; A Gipen-project: egy elhibázott katonai beszerzés margójára. In: Kommentár, 2008/2.; Egyhelyben topogó ágazat. A Magyar Honvédség a XXI. század elején. In: Nemzeti Érdek, 2008/1-2.  kern@szazadveg.hu

Katalin Dancsi is a young Hungarian political scientist. She recent graduate of the Global Affairs PhD program at Rutgers University, New Jersey. She is now a teaching assistant at the College of Nyíregyháza at the International Relations Department. Her area of interest includes EU integration theories, Schengen cooperation and immigration issues. kdancsi@hotmail.com