Edward C. Banfield


American political scientist, best known as the author of The Moral Basis of a Backward Society (1958), and The Unheavenly City (1970).

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Bloomfield, Connecticut

Suburb of Hartford in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States.

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Edward C. Banfield, political scientist

American Enterprise Institute

Center-right Washington, D.C.–based think tank that researches government, politics, economics, and social welfare.

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Vice President Dick Cheney delivers his remarks on the war on terror, arguing against a withdrawal from Iraq, during a speech on November 21, 2005, at the American Enterprise Institute. Michael Rubin is on the right in the front row.

During the 1950s, and 1960s, AEA's work became described as more pointed and focused, including monographs by James M. Buchanan, Gottfried Haberler, Edward Banfield, Rose Friedman, P. T. Bauer and Alfred de Grazia.

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 region of Basilicata) in 1955.

James Q. Wilson

American political scientist, and an authority on public administration.

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City Politics (1963, with Edward C. Banfield)

Bruce Kovner

American billionaire hedge fund manager and philanthropist.

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Kovner stayed at Harvard, studying political economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, notably under prominent conservative scholar Edward C. Banfield.

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List of notable people born, raised, or resident in Connecticut, with place of birth or residence when known.

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Edward C. Banfield (Bloomfield)

Rexford Tugwell

American economist who became part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's first "Brain Trust", a group of Columbia University academics who helped develop policy recommendations leading up to Roosevelt's New Deal.

Tugwell and President Roosevelt inspecting the construction progress at the Greenbelt, Maryland town site, in February 1937.

Tugwell also wrote the foreword to Edward C. Banfield's first published work, Government Project (Free Press, 1951), a history of one of Tugwell's collective farm programs in California.

Duck, You Sucker!

1971 epic Zapata Western film directed and co-written by Sergio Leone and starring Rod Steiger, James Coburn, and Romolo Valli.

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This relates most closely to those aspects of Southern Italian life observed by Edward Banfield and others.


Town and comune in the province of Potenza, in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata.

Under the pseudonym "Montegrano", it was the case study for Edward C. Banfield's The Moral Basis of a Backward Society.

Margaret Levi

American political scientist and author, noted for her work in comparative political economy, labor politics, and democratic theory, notably on the origins and effects of trustworthy government.

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During her political science PhD studies, she was influenced by Michael Lipsky, Robert Fogelson and Edward Banfield.