E. C. Banfield, 83, Maverick On Urban Policy Issues, Dies

Richard Bernstein, New York Times, October 8, 1999.


Edward C. Banfield, a professor emeritus of government at Harvard University whose work on urban policy and the causes of poverty gave him a reputation as a brilliant maverick, died Sept. 30 at his summer home in Vermont. He was 83 and lived in Cambridge, Mass.

Mr. Banfield, born on a farm in Bloomfield, Conn., held Harvard’s Henry Lee Shattuck Chair in Government for many years. He was one of the intellectual leaders of the Harvard-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Joint Center for Urban Studies in the 1960’s and 70’s, when the problems of cities were prominent on the national political agenda.

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