Edward C. Banfield

Edward C. Banfield
Vital Statistics
 Name: Edward Christie Banfield, Ph.D.
 Country of Origin: United States of America
 Occupations: Educator, Political Scientist
 Year born: 1916
 Year died: 1999
 Age: 83
 ISNI: 0000 0001 0907 3685
 LCNA: n50021997
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Edward Christie Banfield was born in Bloomfield, Connecticut on November 19, 1916.  He married Laura Fasano in 1938, who helped him produce the renown book, The Moral Basis of a Backward Society (1958). Banfield died in East Montpelier, Vermont on September 30, 1999.  (Mrs. Banfield died in New York City on August 20, 2006.)

Banfield worked for the Farm Security Administration during the New Deal before entering the University of Chicago, where he earned his Ph.D in political science.  He taught at there and at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania.  He served as an advisor to President Richard M. Nixon and authored numerous studies on poverty, urban planning, policy, and politics, and American governance generally.

Banfield’s scholarship drew upon many sources, including his employment as a journalist and government employee, and his readings in philosophy, history, sociology, and economics.  Written in clear and often blunt prose, Banfield’s works attracted attention both within and without academia and, sadly, often elicited intemperate responses and personal attacks.

Though many years have passed since they were first written, Banfield’s books remain insightful and intellectually provocative.

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Here The People Rule: Selected Essays
Edward C. Banfield - Here The People Rule
Most of the essays in this volume have appeared in scholarly journals or in books edited by others. A few are published here for the first time. None has been taken from one of my books. A would-be reader would...

Thema Categories: Political Commentary & Opinion, Political Conservatism & Liberalism
Published in: English
Editions available: 3
The Democratic Muse: Visual Arts and the Public Interest
Edward C. Banfield - The Democratic Muse
In this unusually thought-provoking book, Edward Banfield makes some very telling arguments against public spending for culture and the arts, especially those supplied by the elite institutions.

Thema Categories: Arts & Photography Study & Teaching
Published in: English
Editions available: 1
The Unheavenly City Revisited
Edward C. Banfield - The Unheavenly City Revisited
One of the most widely read and widely debated books on contemporary American urban problems! In the more than twenty years since this book was written, the situation of the American city has not changed fundamentally.

Thema Categories: Sociology of Urban Areas, Human geography, Society and Social Sciences
Published in: English
Editions available: 3
The Unheavenly City
Edward C. Banfield - The Unheavenly City
A discussion of the nature and future of the urban crisis focusing on a class analysis and concluding that most conventiona responses to the problem would have little effect and could even make things worse.

Thema Categories: Sociology of Urban Areas, Society and Social Sciences
Published in: English
Editions available: 1
City Politics
Edward C. Banfield - City Politics
An examination of the differences of opinion and interest that exist within cities and those governing them, the issues that arise from these differences, and the ways in which institutions resolve, or fail to resolve, them. The authors conclude that...

Thema Categories: Public Affairs & Administration
Published in: English
Editions available: 3
Political Influence
James Q. Wilson - Edward C. Banfield - Political Influence
In government, influence denotes one's ability to get others to act, think, or feel as one intends. A mayor who persuades voters to approve a bond issue exercises influence. A businessman whose promises of support induce a mayor to take...

Thema Categories: General Elections & Political Process, Political Freedom
Published in: English
Editions available: 4
Urban Government: A Reader in Administration and Politics
Edward C. Banfield - Urban Government
An Excerpt From The Preface: THIS IS a collection of the readings that I have found most valuable in teaching courses on urban government to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Published in: English
Editions available: 1
The Moral Basis of a Backward Society
Edward C. Banfield - The Moral Basis of a Backward Society
The Moral Basis of a Backward Society is a book by Edward C. Banfield, a political scientist who visited Montegrano, Italy (Montegrano is the fictitious name used by Banfield to protect the original town of Chiaromonte, in the Southern Italian...

Thema Categories: Sociology of Rural Areas, Italian History
Published in: English
Editions available: 2
Politics, Planning, and the Public Interest: The Case of Public Housing in Chicago
Martin Meyerson - Edward C. Banfield - Politics, Planning, and the Public Interest
An Excerpt From The Preface: Housing, in fact, one of the great universal tests in this difficult and dangerous postwar world: at test of ideals, ideas, skills, resources; of our democratic capacity for change and growth; of the effectiveness of...

Published in: English
Editions available: 2
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