KAREN M. ANDERSON is Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands. TONI ASHTON is an Associate Professor in Health Economcs in the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. KEITH G. BANTING is Professor in the School of Policy Studies and the Department of Political Studies at Queen's University, Canada and holder of the Queen's Research Chair in Public Policy. DANIEL BELAND is Professor of Public Policy and Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. EDWARD D. BERKOWITZ is Professor of History and Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University, USA. FABIO BERTOZZI is scientific collaborator at the social policy unity of the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP) associated with the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. PAUL BLOMQVIST is Associate professor at the Department of Government, Uppsala University. GERARD W. BOYCHUK is the Director, Ph.D. in Global Governance, Balsillie School of International Affairs and Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo, Canada. CHRISTINA EWIG is Assistant Professor in the Departments of Gender& Women's Studies and Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. FABRIZIO GILARDI is a Visiting Scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, USA. BRIAN GRAN is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department, with a secondary appointment in the Law School, of Case Western Reserve University, USA. CHRISTOPHER HOWARD is the Pamela C. Harriman Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College of William and Mary, USA. ELLEN M. IMMERGUT is Professor of Comparative Politics in the Department of Social Sciences at Humboldt University, Berlin. SVEN JOCHEM is Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Luzern, Switzerland. STEPHEN J. KAY is the coordinator of Latin American analysis in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the coordinator of the Bank's Americas Center, USA. PATRICK MARIER is Canada Research Chair in Comparative Public Policy and Associate Professor of Political Science at Concordia University, Canada. LAVINIA MITTON is Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Kent, UK. SUZANNE SKINNER is a graduate student in Public Policy and Public Administration at Concordia University, Montreal and a research assistant with the Canada Research Chair in Comparative Public Policy, Canada. SUSAN ST. JOHN John is a senior lecturer in Economics, and co-director of the Retirement Policy and Research Centre at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. TOSHIMITSU SHINKAWA is Professor of Political Science at Kyoto University, Japan. DEBRA STREET is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, USA. PETER TAYLOR-GOOBY is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Kent, UK and Director of the ESRC Social Contexts and Responses to Risk network and the EU Welfare Reform and the Management of Societal Change programme.