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Development Volume 47.2 on 'Politics of Health' will be free to view during the months of November and December. 

Published in 2004, The Politics of Health explores how public health professionals, paramedics, doctors, nurses, health policy and community workers are taking health as an entry point into politics writ large, in particular in resistance to and shaping globalization.  Editorial

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Public-private Partnerships for Health: A trend with no alternatives by Judith Richter

Judith Richter argues that the public–private partnerships per se are not necessarily positively innovative, but that many of them carry large risks that are neither highlighted nor addressed due to the positive connotation of the term. The main novelty of public–private ‘partnerships’ is not so much the type of interactions but the framework of thought underlying this policy paradigm. She suggests that there are better and safer alternatives to the uncritical spread of the partnership-with-business paradigm. She asks that these are urgently considered if we are serious about the core mandate in the international health arena: the protection, respect, facilitation and fulfilment of people's fundamental right to the highest attainable standard of health.

Diet and Nutrition Policies: A clash of ideas or investments?   by Tim Lang and Michael Heasman

Nutrition has long been a contentious policy area. It lends itself to either social control or social emancipation. There is strong evidence for the 21st century action to promote population-based health. Developing and developed countries face significant diet-related problems, costly in both human and financial terms. Tim Lang and Michael Heasman caution that westernized patterns of eating are taking root, while strong forces seek an individualized rather than ecological public health approach to health. They argue that in new political era of nutrition, in which developing and developed worlds will increasingly share experiences, good and bad, and new alliances must be formed in order to promote the common good.

Gender, Health and Globalization: A critical social movement perspective by Manisha Desai

Manisha Desai looks at the international women's health movement (IWHM). She argues that changing gender relations have engendered the discourse of global health and raised the particular concern of women's health to the forefront of discussions about health. At the same time, because of IWHM the globalization of health and disease have also become pathways to changed gender relations that have led to community level changes in norms and practices that reproduce gender inequalities.

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