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Philanthropy in Democratic Societies: History, Institutions, Values

Rob Reich, Chiara Cordelli, and Lucy Bernholz


This book provides an integrated and multi-disciplinary examination of the growing role and legitimacy of philanthropy in democratic societies. Contributors probe the relationship between philanthropy and democracy from an empirical approach – what role has philanthropy actually played? – and from a normative approach – what role should philanthropy play? Divided into three sections on historical origins, institutional forms, and moral grounds and limits, the book bridges normative and empirical perspectives. The authors move philanthropy from the margins to the center of scholarly inquiry, pr ... More

Keywords: philanthropy, charity, democracy, justice, altruism, nonprofit, civil society, foundation, legitimacy, ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226335506
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226335780.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rob Reich, editor
Stanford University

Chiara Cordelli, editor
Stanford University

Lucy Bernholz, editor
University of Chicago

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