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Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


Social Work


Patronage is one of the basic concepts in the commons theory of voluntary action; it refers to the giving or donating of resources – money, objects for collection, or repertories of knowledge, skills or ‘know-how’. Patrons – those who give – are one of the three fundamental roles in philanthropods, along with intermediaries or agents, and beneficiaries. Patronage is also a heavily studied subject, extensively written about in the humanities as the items in this bibliography attest.

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This bibliography was originally done for a Senior Honors seminar on philanthropy that I taught for a number of years in the 1990s.



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