With Martha Derthick, Cambridge, MA: Joint Center for Urban Studies of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, 1960.
“This report was edited by Edward C. Banfield and Martha Derthick, the latter of whom went on to fame as a political scientist at the Brookings Institution and the University of Virginia. The volume contains research reports written by Harvard undergraduate and graduate students on various aspects of Boston. Subjects covered include: population characteristics, the structure of city government, the “nonpartisan system,” voting behavior, Boston’s relationship with the Massachusetts government, interest groups and the media, and a variety of city policy problems (e.g., finance, mass transit, housing, schooling, and racial relations.) It is a data-heavy presentation of the facts of Boston as a polity. — Kevin R. Kosar