Sheelagh Broderick, is a Phd student at the Department of Sociology, Trinity College, Dublin, reading for her thesis on “Social Partnership and Social Exclusion”. She spent the previous five years in the community sector as an activist with Cork Environmental Alliance, a community based anti-toxics watchdog while supervising a government employment training programme for a variety of small community groups in association with the state training agency.

Heather Field is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary European Studies at Griffith University and has been a former Research Officer with the University of London. She is a specialist on the EU and modern Europe and has published on issues which include the Common Agricultural Policy, eastwards enlargement of the EU, EU budgetary arrangements, institutional and political change, economic and social policy, cultural policy and identity. She is editor of the Australasian Journal of European Integration and a member of the editorial board of the Contemporary European Studies Association of Australia Review.

Takis Fotopoulos is the editor of Democracy and Nature; he is also a columnist for the Athens Daily Eleftherotypia. He was previously (1969-1989) Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of North London. His latest book is Towards An Inclusive Democracy--The Crisis of the Growth Economy and the Need for a New Liberatory Project (London & New York: Cassell, 1997). He is also the author of Dependent Development: The Case of Greece, The Gulf War: The First Battle in the North-South Conflict, The Neo-Liberal Consensus and the Crisis of the Growth Economy , The New World Order and Greece and the forthcoming Drugs: an alternative approach.

James Goodman is a post-doctoral fellow at University of Technology in Sydney. He has been a research fellow at the Open University and has lectured there and at the Universities of London and Melbourne. He has published books which include Nationalism and Transnational Integration (Avebury, 1996), Single Europe Single Ireland (Irish Academic Press, 1998), and an edited collection (Dis)Agreeing Ireland (Pluto Press, 1998). His present three-year research project is entitled Democratic Participation and Global Politics: Social Movement Perspectives.

Michael Levin teaches political theory at Goldsmiths' College, University of London. He has previously taught at the Universities of Leicester, Leeds and Wales and has twice been a Visiting Professor at San Diego State University, California, USA. He is the author of Marx, Engels and Liberal Democracy (Macmillan,1989), The Spectre of Democracy. The Rise of Modern Democracy as seen by its critics (Macmillan, 1992) and The Condition of England Question. Carlyle, Mill, Engels (Macmillan, 1998). His main interests are in nineteenth century ideas, the history of socialism, democratic theory.

Brian Morris teaches anthropology at Goldsmith College in London. He is the author, among other, of Bakunin: Philosophy of Freedom (Montréal: Black Rose Books, 1991), Western Conception of the Individual (Berg, 1991), and Anthropology of Self (London: Pluto Press, 1994).

Janusz Nagiecki is a rural activist and researcher based in Northern California.

Robert Pinkney is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Northumbria where he teaches since 1975. He is the author of Ghana Under Military Rule, Methuen 1972, 'Ghana: An Alternating Military/Party System', in V. Randall (ed.) Political Parties in the Third World, Sage 1988, Right WingMilitary Government, Pinter 1990, Democracy in the Third World, Open University Press, 1993, Democracy and dictatorship in Ghana and Tanzania, Macmillan, 1997 and of the forthcoming book The International Politics of East Africa, Manchester University Press.

Richard Smith’s doctoral research was on class structure and economic development in China. He has done post-doctoral research in China and at the East-West Centre in Honolulu and taught at Rutgers University. He has written for the New Left Review, Against the Current and The Ecologist.