On citizens’ opinion about transformation of Slovak society

On the 1st June, 2018, Grigorij Mesežnikov attended an interdisciplinary international conference held in Budapest on the occasion of the inauguration of John Harsanyi Center and Archive for Social Studies (JHCASS). Co-organizer of the event dedicated to economist, mathematician and social scientist, the winner of the Nobel Prize John (János) Harsanyi, was the PADE Foundation. John Harsányi (1920-2000), who emigrated from Hungary to the West in 1950, gained respect in the scientific community for his innovative approach of using the elements of game theory in economic analysis (for example, in evaluating the so-called strategic interactions). 

In his contribution, IVO President addressed the reflection of the process of democratization, social reforms and European integration after removal of the communist regime by Slovakia’s population. He focused on three key areas – economy, political democracy, and foreign policy, pointing to factors that influenced the formation of citizens’ views on society’s development. 

Political scientists from Hungary, USA, France, Great Britain, Spain, Romania, Mexico and Bangladesh took part in the conference.




of the International Conference

dedicated to the Memory of John Harsanyi


Gerbeaud Conference Hall

Vörösmarty square 7-8. Budapest, 1051.


1st of June, 2018


Opening ceremony: Introducer: Borbála Kossuth


10.00. – 10.40


Welcoming speeches:  


Zoltán Dubéczi  (Director of the Central Bank of Hungary - MNB)

János Simon       (Director of the John Harsanyi Center - JHCASS)



10.40 Jon Elster (Columbia Univ. - United States, France)

Some personal reflections on John Harsanyi

11.05 Laurence Whitehead (Oxford Univ. - United Kingdom)

Gaffe-avoidance in political behaviour: Between tightly predictive rationality and loosely structured scenarios


11.30-11.45   Coffee break



11.45 Janos Simon (Chicago Univ. - United States)

Brief overview of complexity theory and its uses in game theory

12.15 Americo Saldivar (UNAM - Mexico)

Mexico’s troubles and its long road to democracy


12.45-13.30   Lunch break



13.30 Pippa Norris – Ronald Inglehart (Harvard Univ. - United States)

Cultural backlash

14.00 Carlos Flores Juberías (Univ. Valencia - Spain)

Unsettled borders, growing discontent, shaky alliances and external threats: The EU’s perfect storm

14.30 Julia Isabel Flores (UNAM - Mexico)

Ethics, social behavior and processes of legal socialization of children and adolescents in Mexico


15.00-15.15 Coffee break



15.15 Lia Maria Pop (Univ. of Oradea - Romania)

On a minority langue - A homage to the efforts of John C. Harsanyi 

15.45 Grigorij Mesežnikov (Institute for Public Affairs - Slovakia)

Public reflection of three decades of Slovakia’s post-communist development

16.30 Mohammad Farid Bin Abedin Bhuiyan (KJF - Bangladesh)

Game theory benefits: international relations

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