Maxim Fortin, PhiLab student of the Quebec Hub, has recently published his Ph.D. thesis: “La philanthropie d’investissement au cœur de la gouvernance du social: une comparaison Québec / New York” under the supervision of Émilie Biland-Curinier and Pauline Côté for Université de Laval in Québec.
Maxim Fortin has a Bachelor’s and Masters Degree in Political Science and a DESS in Collège Education (Université Laval). He is now a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Université Laval. From 2013 to 2016 he participated in Projet Ruptures a research project on conjugal separations.
La philanthropie d’investissement au cœur de la gouvernance du social: une comparaison Québec/New York
The rise of an elite private philanthropy is one of the main highlights of the past two decades. Evolving more and more in a partnership logic with governments and community groups, philanthropy, and most specifically “investment philanthropy”, is a major player in the emergence of “social governance”. From the cases of the Harlem Children’s Zone, a non-profit organization in New York and the Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon in Quebec, this comparative study analyzes how investment philanthropy replicates the donor’s influence within social governance, how funded groups manage to demonstrate some forms of agency allowing them to discuss and negotiate with the donors, and how the triangular relationship between philanthropic, community and public actors affects the development of social policies.
Keywords: Elite philanthropy; investment philanthropy; social governance; social policies.