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Foundations and Public Policy
The Mask of Pluralism
Foundations and Public Policy
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Joan Roelofs - Author
SUNY series in Radical Social and Political Theory
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Hardcover - 281 pages
Release Date: January 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5641-2
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5641-5

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Paperback - 281 pages
Release Date: January 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5642-0
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5642-2

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Documents how even progressive foundations serve to reinforce the political status quo.

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.

“…Foundations and Public Policy deserves attention from all who care about politics today, including foundation officials, grant writers, and anyone contributing to environmental groups.” — Capitalism Nature Socialism

"…a spirited and important work…" — Environmental Grantmakers Association

"This is a landmark book. It has the potential to bring a relatively neglected dimension of the study of politics to the very center of scholarly—and popular—attention." — Victor Wallis, Berklee College of Music

"Roelofs offers extremely clear writing on an important topic. It is refreshingly honest." — Betty Zisk, author of The Politics of Transformation: Local Activism in the Peace and Environmental Movements

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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Preface

1. Introduction

2. What Are Foundations?

3. Ideology and Information

4. Reforming Government

5. Market Supplement: Arts and Culture

6. Market Supplement: Social Welfare and the Economy

7. Foundations and the Legal System

8. Social Change Organizations

9. International Activities

10. Conclusions and Questions for Further Research

Appendix A. Inquiry Letter for Haymarket Research
Appendix B. Haymarket Research Questionnaire
Appendix C. Selected Groups Funded by Haymarket 1974–1978

Notes

Select Bibliography

Index



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