Albert P. Melone papers and cassettes, 1989-1999
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Brief Description:

The Albert P. Melone papers and cassettes document his political science research and publications with emphasis on democratization in Bulgaria and Eastern Europe. The bulk of the records date from 1990-1996. The collection consists of audiocassette interviews with Bulgarian political, academic, and judicial officials and leaders, and includes interview transcripts. Also included are related news announcements from the Bulgarian embassy in Washington DC. This research provided the foundation for Melone's book Creating Parliamentary Government: The Transition to Democracy in Bulgaria.  The collection also includes copies of journal articles from East European Constitutional Review on Bulgarian and Eastern European democratization and politics used for Melone's teaching and research.

Audiocassettes and transcripts of Interviews with: Rumen Nenkov, Supreme Court Justice; Vasil Denchev, chairman of the Sofia District Court and member of the Supreme Judicial Council; Mario Bobatinov, Supreme court Justice; Mr.Nikolay Angelov, Defense Attorney; Assitant Professor Rossen Tashev; Mrs.Kina Chuturkova, Judge at the Sofia's regional court; Alexander S. Arabadjiev, Constitutional Court Justice; General Atanas Semerdjiev, former Chief of Staff of the Bulgarian Armed Forces, Interior Minister, and vice President of Bulgaria; Andrey Lukanov, MP, Leader of the Reformist wing of the Bulgarian Communist Party, and former Prime-Minister of Bulgaria; Mr.Petko Simenov, Leader of the Bulgarian Party Liberal; Jordan Vasilev, leading activist of the UDF; Ivan Glushkov, Leader of Christian agrarian party; Philip Dimitrov, MP, leader of the Union of Democratic Forces; Ginio Ganev, leader of the Fatherland's Union of October 1993, Chairman of the Parliamnetary committee for the drafting and approval of the Constitution; Petar Dertiliev, father of the Constitution, leader of the Social Democratic party; Stefan Savov, Leader of the UDF and leader of the Democratic Party; Ibrahim Tatarlar, MP, Deputy Leader of the Parliamentary Group of the Movement for the rights and freedom; Stefan Gaitanjiev Secretary of the Bulgarian Democratic Party; Konstatin Trenchev leader of the Podcrepa Syndicate.

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Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
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Carbondale, IL 62901
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Fax: 618-453-3451
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Record Series Number: 3/RG 4/FP 17-12-F4
Created by: Melone, Albert P.
Volume: 4.0 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 03/27/2009.
Arrangement: The files are arranged by format and topic.
Biographical Note for Melone, Albert P. :

Albert P. Melone is a professor emeritus of political science  at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  Melone's 46-year teaching career includes 26 years (1979-2005) at SIUC, where he first came as a visiting associate professor in 1979. Melone earned his doctorate in political science from the University of Iowa, and master's and bachelor's degrees from California State University. Melone was a Faculty Senate President 1996-1997 at SIUC.

Melone is the author of many books, articles, chapters in collected works, and book reviews dealing with judicial politics and behavior, judicial processes, law and courts, comparative government and judicial politics, constitutional laws, and interest group politics. He continues his research and writing and otherwise occupies his time with consultative activity.

Melone authored, and co-authored many books including the following titles: Creating Parliamentary Government: The Transition to Democracy in Bulgaria; The American Legal System: Perspectives, Politics, Processes, and Policies; Researching Constitutional Law, Third Edition; Primer on Constitutional Law; and Judicial Review and American Democracy.  In Creating Parliamentary Government: The Transition to Democracy in Bulgaria Melone shows a successful democratization in  Bulgaria. The heart of this book is Melone’s lively interviews with many key players in Bulgaria’s historic transition to democracy. Prime ministers, the head of the secret police, parliamentarians, jurists, and intellectuals—all founders of the new democratic regime—provide firsthand accounts about what it takes to create a parliamentary democracy from the scrap heap of a discredited Communist dictatorship.

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.
Subject Index
Bulgaria - Politics and government - 1990-
Democratization - Bulgaria - History
Democratization - Europe, Eastern
Genres/Forms of Material
Bulgarians - Interviews
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Bulgarian [bul]
Rights/Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright.  Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.
Acquisition Notes: Accession 792  Donation from Albert P. Melone.
PreferredCitation: [Item/Folder/Box], Albert P. Melone papers and cassettes, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.