, Volume 47, Issue 2, pp 49–56 | Cite as

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

  • Kent Buse
  • Andrew Harmer
Thematic Section


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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