Foundations and Public Policy: The Mask of Pluralism

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SUNY Press, Jan 30, 2003 - Political Science - 269 pages
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In this pathbreaking study of foundation influence, author Joan Roelofs produces a comprehensive picture of philanthropy’s critical role in society. She shows how a vast number of policy innovations have arisen from the most important foundations, lessening the destructive impact of global “marketization.” Conversely, groups and movements that might challenge the status quo are nudged into line with grants and technical assistance, and foundations also have considerable power to shape such things as public opinion, higher education, and elite ideology. The cumulative effect is that foundations, despite their progressive goals, have a depoliticizing effect, one that preserves the hegemony of neoliberal institutions.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
What Are Foundations?
7
Ideology and Information
27
Reforming Government
65
Market Supplement Arts and Culture
81
Market Supplement Social Welfare and the Economy
89
Foundations and the Legal System
101
Social Change Organizations
121
Conclusions and Questions for Further Research
197
Inquiry Letter for Haymarket Research
211
Haymarket Research Questionnaire
213
Selected Groups Funded by Haymarket 19741978
215
Notes
219
Select Bibliography
249
Index
259
Copyright

International Activities
157

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About the author (2003)

Joan Roelofs is Professor of Political Science at Keene State College. She is the author of Greening Cities: Building Just and Sustainable Communities.

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