New York: Plenum Press, 1985. Washington, D.C.: American Enterprise Institute, 1991.
This book of essays includes Edward C. Banfield’s most important insights into the American political system.
“What Banfield has done…has been to challenge the central tenet of Progressive thought in America, namely, that society could and should be rationalized (and for some, moralized) by government action… In the essays collected here, [Banfield] sets out the limits of science and human reason more generally, especially as those limits need to be understood if we are to prudently serve the ultimate political goal, whch is to ‘afford every person a real opportunity to live a life that is fully human.'” — James Q. Wilson
Table of Contents:
PART III. POLITICS VERSUS ADMINISTRATION
7. Policy Science as Metaphysical Madness
8. Corruption as a Feature of Governmental Organization
9. Ends and Means in Planning
10. The Training of the Executive
PART IV. THE CAPACITIES OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT
11. The Political Implications of Metropolitan Growth
12. The City and the Revolutionary Tradition
13. A Critical View of the Urban Crisis
14. The Zoning of Enterprise