Martin Potůček, PhD. is Czech university professor, public policy analyst, journalist.
In the past, he studied the teleonomic qualities of differentiated social actors, processes of cultivating and utilising human potential, and factors influencing health and health policy. At present, his research concentrates on the processes of public policy formulation and implementation in the Czech Republic (and particularly the regulatory functions of the market, the government, and the civic sector), on the problems of public administration reform, on European integration processes, and on the development of visions and strategies for the Czech state. As an author/co-author and editor/co-editor, he published 23 scientific books and three textbooks (in four cases as their single author), ca 70 articles in scientific journals, and more than 90 research papers and policy project reports until the end of 2009.
He studied philosophy, mathematics, political science, and sociology at the Masaryk University in Brno. He worked as a researcher at the Department of Complex Modelling, Sportpropag, and later in the Institute of Social Medicine and Organisation of Health Services in Prague, until 1989. He received his Ph.D. degree in Management Theory in 1989 from the University of Economics, Prague. Than he studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science (receiving a M.Sc. in European Social Policy, 1991) and took part in numerous professional fellowship and exchange programs, including Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships in the U.S. (1992), at the Oxford University (1993–1994), at the University of Konstanz (1997–2000), at the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna (1998) and at the CEU in Budapest (1998–2000).
In 1990 he joined the newly established Faculty of Social Sciences at the Charles University in Prague. He habilitated there in 1992 as Associate Professor of Sociology. In 1999, he became Full Professor of Public and Social Policy at the new study program he had co-founded. He served as the Director of the Institute of Sociological Studies at the same Faculty (1994–2003). He established and runs the Center for Social and Economic Strategies there (2000–present).
He is a member of several scientific and editorial boards. He was elected Chairman of the Masaryk Czech Sociological Association in 1995 (Vice-Chairman, 1994 and 1996) and member of the Steering Committee of the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee) in 1997. In 2000-2002, he acted as the elected President of this international nonprofit association. He served as the First Vice-Chairman of the Research and Development Council of the Government of the Czech Republic (1999–2004). He acted as Permanent Guest Professor at the University of Konstanz, Germany (2002–2008). He served as an advisor to Ministers of Labour and Social Affairs (1998–2006) and to the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic (2002–2004). He has been awarded the Sri Chinmoy International Honour "Lifting Up the World with a Oneness-Heart" (2003) and the NISPAcee Alena Brunovska Award (2004) for teaching excellence in public administration. Since 2008 and from 2004 to 2005 he was a member of Committee for Social Sciences and Humanities, Research and Development Council of the Czech Government.
Lance T. Leloup
Lance Theodore LeLoup (1949-2009) – a distinguished political science researcher, teacher, and administrator.
A highly regarded observer of the political scene, he had most recently served as vice provost of international programs for Washington State University. Dr. LeLoup joined WSU in 1996 to serve as chair of the department of political science, a position he held until 2001. In addition, he served as director of the Thomas Foley Institute from 1998-2001. He had been head of International Programs since 2005. He was the C.O. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Political Science from 2000-2003 and the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of Political Science from 2005-2008. In 2009 he was promoted to the rank of Regents Professor, the first faculty member from the political science department to achieve that rank.
Dr. LeLoup earned his bachelor's degree from Georgetown University with honors and his master's and doctoral degrees from Ohio State University. He worked as a legislative assistant to the minority leader of the Ohio State Senate before becoming a faculty member at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1974.
During his 22 years at UMSL he served as the chairman of the Department of Political Science and was one of the original directors of the Public Policy Research Center. Dr. LeLoup had a long and distinguished career in teaching and research and a national and international reputation as a scholar. His in-depth knowledge of the political process, as well as his quick and ready wit, led to his being frequently quoted by reporters seeking insight into current political events.
Dr. LeLoup was the author of fourteen books and 60 articles on politics and public policy in the U.S. and Europe.
He lived in England, France, Hungary, and Slovenia, and lectured around the world. He was a Professeur Invité at the Institut d'Études Politiques, University of Bordeaux-Montesquieu, Fulbright Senior Specialist at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, visiting Professor at L'Université Catholique de l'Ouest, Angers, France, and a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Public Policy at Hungary's Budapest University.
In 2007, Dr. LeLoup received the Aaron Wildavsky Lifetime Achievement Award for Research in Public Budgeting by the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management, the largest section of the American Society for Public Administration. At the presentation of the award, it was stated that Dr. LeLoup had "one of the most recognized names in public budgeting with a distinguished record of research and publications that spanned over thirty years covering a wide range of areas. There are very few people in the field today who can claim the same level of distinction and authority over such a long period of time."
Professor Gyorgy Jenei is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Public Policy and Management in Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary. He is the Chairman of the Centre for Parliamentary Management. His research has two focuses: 1) the role of the state and buraucracy in the transition; 2) public management reforms and public policy making in CEE countries with special emphasis on the role of civil society organizations and NGO’s.
He is member of several editorial boards of international journals including Public Management Review, the International Review of Administrative Sciences, and the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis.
László Váradi is an Associate Professor at Corvinus University Budapest, Institute of Political Science; Professor and Rector of the Budapest School of Communication Degrees.
He has MA in Economics, 1976, Karl Marx University of Economic Sciences; BA in Political Theories, 1980, Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences and Arts; University Doctorate in Economics, 1980, Karl Marx University of Economic Sciences and PhD in Political Science, 1995, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
His fields of interest are in Public administration, Public policy making; Hungarian government and public service, New Public Management, organized civil society, neo-corporatism, lobbying.
- Hungarian Political Science Association, founding member, elected member of the presidential board
- Hungarian Sociological Association
- Hungarian Economic Association
- Hungarian Project Management Association,founding member, member of the board
- First Hungarian Lobby Association, founding member and president
- American Political Science Association
- Hungarian Fulbright Association, member of the board
- Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe, individual member, elected member of the Steering Committee, President 2004-2006