Franco Ferrari is a historian and political scientist. He is a member of the provincial secretariat of the Rifondazione Comunista and is involved in the affairs of the political forces of the Marxist and alternative left in Italy and worldwide. He has published several books such as "Le sinistre in Europa" (1994, Datanews) and the special supplement of the Alternative "Le sinistre e l'Internazionale dopo l'89″. He has contributed as a consulting editor to the "Political Handbook of the World" (Binghamton University, New York). His articles have been published in "Correspondances Internationales", "Alternatives" and other journals.