In keeping with their missions to encourage robust discussion, Boston Review and American Affairs will jointly convene a meeting that brings together social scientists from various ideological backgrounds to explore emerging ideas about rekindling industrial policy (IP) and will copublish, in print and online, the best ideas from that collaboration. Participants will explore five fundamental questions: (a) what is IP; (b) what is the theoretical case in favor (and against); (c) what is the history; (d) why might a revival of IP be needed now; and (e) what are promising directions for U.S. industrial policy. This convening follows a Hewlett-supported 2019 collaboration between Boston Review and American Affairs, which brought together a wide range of participants to discuss ways of moving beyond neoliberal, market-fundamentalist economic paradigms.
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Grants to this Grantee
for the Opportunity after Neoliberalism Project
Boston Review is a magazine of ideas, independent and nonprofit, founded on the premise that addressing the most profound contemporary social and political challenges requires serious public discussion. This project will challenge the neoliberal paradigm of meritocracy, which views individual achievement as an outcome of individual capacity and effort. While exploring new policy proposals, the goal is to rethink the philosophical foundations of ideas about opportunity, to imagine collective visions of opportunity and success, and offer alternatives to meritocracy as an idea that can deliver on the promise of equal opportunity. Through this grant, Boston Review will co-sponsor a conference on the topic with Brookings Institute and publish a series of (free) online articles, with the strongest featured in a print issue.
for a matching grant for general operating support
Boston Review, a bimonthly political and literary magazine founded in 1975, aims to foster public discussion and thus promote a more deliberative democracy by publishing both essays by experts and unbiased investigative reporting, together with select poetry, fiction, and visual art. The Foundation has supported Boston Review since 2005. Readership has continued to grow in recent years, but the Review continues to struggle financially. Earned income now represents 40 percent of the Review’s budget but is unlikely to increase dramatically in light of the organization’s mission to provide on-line content free of charge. The Review will likely thus continue to raise 60 percent of its budget from small and large donors, which it has struggled to do. A matching grant from the Hewlett Foundation would provide Boston Review with a leveraged opportunity to take the first steps in a new fundraising strategy: hiring an in-house fundraiser and, ultimately, a publisher to support both the Review's business and editorial management.
for general operating support
Boston Review, a bimonthly political and literary magazine founded in 1975, aims to foster public discussion and thus promote a more deliberative democracy by publishing both essays by experts and unbiased investigative reporting, together with select poetry, fiction, and visual art. The Foundation has supported Boston Review since 2005. This grant, paired with a likely Organizational Effectiveness grant to improve the organization’s finances, would allow Boston Review to continue providing high-quality publications on important topics.