Philanthropy in Democratic Societies

Philanthropy in Democratic Societies

Book edited by Rob Reich, Chiara Cordelli, and Lucy Bernholz


This book brings together expert philosophers, sociologists, political scientists, historians, and legal scholars to ask fundamental and pressing questions about philanthropy’s role in democratic societies.

• When is philanthropy good or bad for democracy?
• How does, and should, philanthropic power interact with expectations of equal citizenship and democratic political voice?
• What makes the exercise of philanthropic power legitimate?
• What forms of private activity in the public interest should democracy promote, and what forms should it resist?

Examining these and many other topics, the contributors offer a vital assessment of philanthropy at a time when its power to affect public outcomes has never been greater.