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Introduction

  • Edouard Morena
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Abstract

Following a brief presentation of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) outcome and reactions to it, the chapter introduces some of the core theoretical debates associated with the study of philanthropic foundations’ involvement in the international climate debate. It looks at how the existence of underlying agendas in foundations raises important legitimacy and accountability concerns. The chapter also analyses philanthropic foundations’ broader societal functions—and in particular their role as field-builders. In a final section, it presents the main issues raised by the book—to what extent and how did foundations shape and orientate the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and international climate regime more broadly? And correspondingly, what influence did foundations wield on the Paris outcome?—and offers an overview of the different chapters.

Keywords

Climate philanthropy Social movement funding Philanthrocapitalism Venture philanthropy Strategic philanthropy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edouard Morena
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  1. 1.ULIP and CNRS-LADYSSParisFrance

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