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Emerald Publishing Limited


This 2015 addition to the Palgrave Social Science Handbook series has the goal of providing a framework for understanding “how to shape a society with the best conditions for philanthropic giving”. In their introduction Wiepking and Handy refer to the eight mechanisms that drive people to make philanthropic donations which they distilled from a literature review of more than 500 empirical articles. While much in known about individual motivations for philanthropic donation to nonprofit organizations the current work sets out to build on this knowledge and provide a framework for understanding “the conditions under which people are more, or less, generous” and in particular, “how major country-specific differences in governmental, fiscal and legal policies” shape an individual's philanthropic behavior. They have assembled a wealth of empirical data and scholarly analysis which is organized into three parts: introduction; country chapters, and; themes and findings.


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