About the authors

Transitions after globalization

Tamás Szentes is a Hungarian economist, Professor Emeritus of Corvinus University of Economy, Member of the Hungarian Academy of Science.  Professor Emeritus, since 2002, Corvinus University of Budapest (former MKKE); Full-time Professor: 1989-2002, Budapest University of Economic Science (MKKE); Full-time Professor and Head of Department of World Economy: 1995-1998, MKKE; Research Director: 1985-1989, Institute of Social Science, Budapest, and part-time professor: MKKE; Full-time Professor: 1971-1985, MKKE, and part-time professorial research fellow, Institute of World Economics, HAS; Professor and Head of Department of Economics: 1967-1971, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and member of the Directors’ Board of the National Development Corporation of Tanzania; Author of more than 20 books (including The Political Economy of Underdevelopment, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1983, 1988; Theories of World Capitalist Economy, 1985, Transformation of the World Economy, 1988,, World Economics 1-2, 2002-2003, etc.), Co-author of other 42 books, and more than 200 research papers. (Many of these books and papers were published also in English and some of them in French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Portugese, Arabic, Russian and Polish). Awards: 1971: „Silver Medal of Labour” given by the President of Hungary, 1981: „Golden Medal of Labour”,  1985: „State Prize”, from the President of Hungary; 1998: „Arany János Prize”, given by HAS, 2003: „Middle Cross with Star of the Medal of Hungarian Republic”, 2005: Széchenyi Prize of the Hungarian Republic. Honorary Doctorate: Miklós Zrinyi University of National Defence, Budapest, 2005. tamas.szentes@uni-corvinus.hu

Sergiu Gherghina is a PhD researcher in Political Science at the Department of Political Science, University of Leiden. He graduated an Mphil in Institutional Analysis at the Department of Political Science at the University of Leiden and an MA in Political Science at Central European University Budapest. His areas of interest are political parties, institutional arrangements in new democracies, democratization, and the relationship between the EU and national institutions. He currently investigates the relationship between political party organizations and electoral stability in the Central and Eastern European countries. He authored one book on institutional design in post-Communist countries (2007) and one on the relationships between Romania and the EU (2008). He also edited four books (2007-2009) on the challenges of Romanian accession and the EU policies and institutions and published articles in international peer-review journals on Euroscepticism, extremism in the CEE region, political parties, electoral system, and voting behavior in new democracies.sergiulor@yahoo.com

Máté Szabó is a professor of political science of the University Eötvös Loránd, Faculty of State and Law, Institute of the Political Science and he is the ombudsman of the Hungarian Republic since 2007. He was a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Hamburg, Berlin, Mainz and Frankfurt an der Oder in Germany, and was a visiting fellow of the Netherlands Institute of the Advanced Studies, Wassenaar, and of the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. He is specialized in civil society, social movements and political protest. His main publications are The Challenge of Europeanization in the Region: East Central Europe (eds.). HPSA: Budapest. 1996.; “Policing Towards Movement and Countermovement Mobilization” in: Central European Political Science Review (Vol. 1. No. 2.) 2000/2.143-174.; “Political Science in Hungary” in: Hans-Dieter Klingemann – Ewa Kulesza – Annette Legutke (eds.): The State of Political Science in Central and Eastern Europe. Ed. Sigma. Berlin. 2002. 129-157. matedoc@ludens.elte.hu

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

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

Christopher Walsch is an Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science at Eszterházy Károly College, Eger, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the International Study Programs, Corvinus University Budapest, both Hungary.  He graduated in History at the University of Vienna, Austria, in International Relations and European Studies at the Central European University, Budapest, and in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, The University of London, England.  His research and teaching focus on two topics, North-South-Relations and Modern Central Europe.  Christopher Walsch is the author of the monograph Die Afrikapolitik Frankreichs 1956 – 1990. Ideen, Strategien, Paradoxien (Frankfurt/Main: Peter Lang 2007).  He has published articles and book reviews in Central European Political Science Review, Croatian Political Science Review, Österreich Archiv, Österreich in Geschichte und Literatur, Stichproben – Wiener Zeitschrift für kritische Afrikastudien, and in conference volumes.  He currently works on the issue of Central Europe within the enlarged European Union: to which extent the region can be considered as a politically relevant regional grouping within the EU. christopher.walsch@uni-corvinus.hu, cwalsch@ektf.hu.