The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation brings to light the legitimacy problem with global philanthropy. The legitimacy problem here is twofold: first, with regard to the criteria used to assess the presence or absence of legitimacy in global governance; and, second, how analysis of legitimacy does not fully account for how we understand the legitimate basis of rule drawn from private wealth. This article begins to address this lacuna by analyzing the legitimacy of an actor that wields considerable authority in the field of global health politics and has growing prominence in contemporary global governance, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Sophie Harman is a reader in the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London, where she teaches Global Health Politics and Africa and International Politics.
Sophie Harman (2016) The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Legitimacy in Global Health Governance. Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations: July-September 2016, Vol. 22, No. 3, pp. 349-368.