Fernando Vallespin is a Political Science Professor at the Universidad Autónoma in Madrid, where he has been director of the Centre for Political Theory, chairman of the Political Science Department and Vice-chancellor of the University. From 2004 to 2008 he has been President of the Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas, a government related and publicly founded institute for public opinion and opinion polls. He was also Academic Director of the Ortega y Gasset Foundation and President of the Spanish Political Science Association. He has written several books –the last on Populism –, and more than a hundred academic articles and book chapters. His main area of interest is Political and Democratic Theory. He is a staff columnist at the Spanish newspaper El País.