Rob Reich, "Just Giving: Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy and How it Can Do Better" (Princeton UP, 2018)


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How political are private foundations? Are they good or bad for democracy? Such are the big questions taken up by Rob Reich in his new book Just Giving: Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy and How it Can Do Better (Princeton University Press, 2018). Reich is professor of political science and faculty co-director for the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University.

Just Giving investigates the ethical and political dimensions of philanthropy and considers how giving might better support democratic values and promote justice. What can public policy makers do to better structure philanthropy so that it is an asset to a healthy democracy rather than an impediment? Reich offers a theoretical and practical taken on these questions.

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