Project Description

Philanthropy is Dead; Long Live Philanthropy?

Jenny Harrow and Tobias Jung

Public Management Review, 2011, 13(8):1047-1056

Abstract: The varying relations between philanthropy and governments, sometimes marginal, sometimes central, provide the context for the papers in this special edition of PMR. From welfare states’ assumptions about philanthropy’s death, to its looked-for resurgence in post-welfare states, the interrelations between philanthropic and governmental organisations continue to challange academics and practitioners alike. Reflecting on the deepening and shifting arguments about the roles of philanthropy, the editors highlight the importance of realism in assessing what philanthropy and governments can achieve collaboratively, and the need for caution when examining current trends of governments’ enchantment with philanthropy.