The president of the Italian Political Science Association (SISP), the cherished colleague Pietro Grilli di Cortona, passed away on the night of July 15th, 2015. Considered by all his peers an eminent scholar in democratization studies, with a keen emphasis on Central and Eastern Europe, he also ventured into the comparative studies of nationalism and party systems in Europe.
However brief his term as SISP President was, he warmly embraced IPS importance and dedicated himself towards its growth. The editors and editorial staff offer their deepest condolences and sympathies to Pietro’s family and friends as we share the hardship of his lost.
As a kind, distinguished, and respected person he shall be missed and celebrated by the entire Italian political science community.
The IPS Editorial Board:
Stefania Panebianco, Francesco Zucchini
Marco Brunazzo, Nicolò Conti
Carla Monteleone, Manuela Moschella