Dear SISP Members, it is with great pleasure that I welcome you to this second issue of IPS in 2015. As you know, I was elected President of the Società Italiana di Scienza Politica on September 11, 2015, by the members’ assembly at the 29th annual SISP conference at the Università della Calabria in Arcavacata di Rende. In this position, it is a great honor for me to succeed scholars who have made fundamental contributions, not just to Italian Political Science but to Political Science worldwide.
The president of the Italian Political Science Association (SISP), the cherished colleague Pietro Grilli di Cortona, passed away on the night of July 15th. 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
«In my new role as President of the Italian Political Science Association (SISP), I am very happy to have the opportunity to express my best wishes towards all those doing research and teaching Political Science in Italian universities…»
Italian Political Science (IPS) is the professional journal of the Italian political science community. It was created in 2007 by the generous efforts of Maurizio Cotta…