Giving for Social Change: Foundations, Public Policy & the American Political Agenda

Hardcover | January 1, 1994

byAlthea K. Nagai

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This study shows how philanthropic foundations and their leaders help shape the American political agenda. The authors' central argument is that foundation leaders are members of a key social and political elite in American society. Relying on a survey of such leaders and on an examination of foundation public policy grants, the authors demonstrate that members of the foundation elite are among the most polarized groups in American society. Contrary to popular belief, those who control foundations seek to make American more progressive. Public policy oriented foundations are largely liberal in outlook and make grants primarily to liberal individuals and organizations. The authors examine the dilemmas that the existence of such organizations create for democratic political theory. The discussion is placed in the context of a historical overview of the role of foundations in American society; it will be of great interest to public policy professionals, political scientists, and those who track the direction of the national agenda.

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This study shows how philanthropic foundations and their leaders help shape the American political agenda. The authors' central argument is that foundation leaders are members of a key social and political elite in American society. Relying on a survey of such leaders and on an examination of foundation public policy grants, the author...

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This study shows how philanthropic foundations and their leaders help shape the American political agenda. The book revolves around financial leaders as elite members of a strategic sector in American society rather than as an extension of the WASP establishment. Foundation leaders, the authors indicate, are the most diverse and politi...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:218 pagesPublished:January 1, 1994Publisher:Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

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ISBN - 10:0275946975

ISBN - 13:9780275946975

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?Using and extensive survey to explore the attitudes of foundation officials on topics such as political ideology, social class background, and the role of philanthropic foundations in American society, Nagai, Lerner, and Rothman analyze foundation leaders as a strategic elite. This ambitious book is a useful addition to the literature. Upper-division undergraduate and above.?-Choice