, Volume 47, Issue 2, pp 49–56

Power to the Partners?: The politics of public-private health partnerships

  • Kent Buse
  • Andrew Harmer
Thematic Section

DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.development.1100029

Cite this article as:
Buse, K. & Harmer, A. Development (2004) 47: 49. doi:10.1057/palgrave.development.1100029


Ken Buse and Andrew Harmer review the political dimensions of global public–private health partnerships through the ‘three faces of power’ lens. They attempt to answer the questions: who has power; how is power exercised; and on what basis? Evidence, although scant, suggests that a northern elite wields power through its domination of governing bodies and also through a discourse which inhibits critical analysis of partnership while imbuing partnership with legitimacy and authority.


global health elitism pluralism governance membership 

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  • Kent Buse
  • Andrew Harmer

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