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    IRE-Patron and political theorist Prof. Benjamin R. Barber dies at 77

    Bereavement of renowned political scientist - He was striving towards a “strong” democracy in which citizens are more than legal entities
    With deep regret the Institute of the Regions of Europe (IRE) announces, that the member of the IRE- Board of Patrons, Prof. Benjamin R. Barber,  died on Monday April 24th 2017 in Manhattan after a four-month battle with cancer. Prof. Barber was 77 years old at the time of his death.  Born in 1939, Barber was an American political theorist and author best known for his 1995 bestseller, Jihad vs. McWorld and 2013′s If Mayors Ruled the World. Barber was a Senior Research Scholar at The Centre on Philanthropy and Civil Society of The Graduate Centre at the City University of New York, the President and Founder of the Interdependence Movement, and Walt Whitman Professor of Political Science Emeritus, Rutgers University. 
    As a political theorist, Barber argued for a renewed focus on the use of civil society and engaged citizenship as tools for building effective democracy, particularly in the post-Cold War world. His latest work examines the failure of nation-states to address global problems, and argues that cities and intercity associations are more effectively addressing shared concerns. Benjamin Barber was a Senior Fellow at the USC Centre on Public Diplomacy from 2005 until 2017.

    Barber was an outside adviser to President Bill Clinton and a foreign policy adviser to Howard Dean’s 2004 Presidential campaign. He has advised political parties and political leaders in the U.K., Germany, Austria, Denmark, Finland and Italy on civic education and participatory institutions. In addition, at the annually IRE conference “KERS” in 2014, he held an eye-catching presentation on mega cities.

    The IRE expresses the most sincere condolences and sympathy to his family and will keep him in a particularly honourable memory.


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