Maurizio Carbone is the Jean Monnet Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow, where he also directs the Scottish Jean Monnet Centre of European Excellence. His main research interests focus on the external relations of the EU, development policy, foreign aid and the politics of international development, as well as on European and Italian Politics, particularly foreign policy. He has published, inter alia, in West European Politics, Politics, Global Governance, Journal of European Integration, Journal of Modern Italian Studies, and Modern Italy. His latest books include: The European Union and International Development: The Politics of Foreign Aid (Routledge, 2007), and two edited books, Policy Coherence and EU Development Policy (Routledge, 2009) and National Politics and European Integration: From the Constitution to the Lisbon Treaty (E. Elgar, forthcoming). At the moment he is working on a book on Italian foreign policy and another book on the EU’s relations with Africa.

James L.Newell is Professor of Politics at the University of Salford. He is co-editor of European Political Science and a member of the Executive Committee of the UK Political Studies Association. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on various aspects of Italian politics. Recent books include: Parties and Democracy in Italy (Ashgate, 2000); The Italian General Election of 2001 (ed., Manchester University Press, 2002); Italian Politics: Quo Vadis? (ed. with Carlo Guarnieri, Berghahn, 2005); Italian Politics: Adjustment Under Duress (with M. Bull, Polity Press, 2005); The Italian General Election of 2006 (ed., Palgrave, 2008), The Italian General Election of 2009 (ed., Palgrave, 2009). His new book, The Politics of Italy: Governance in a Normal Country is due to be published by Cambridge University Press in late 2009.