Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


Political Science

First Advisor

David Whiteman


This study explores the interaction among stakeholders involved in global public-private partnerships, using and developing the theoretical framework provided by the interdependence theory's sensitivity and vulnerability analysis, which is further supplemented by the two-level game model. Citing the case of Ghana's water sector reform, it looks into the dynamics among four categories of stakeholders involved in the partnership, namely the public and private partners, the World Bank (as the broker), and Ghanaian civil societies representing a broad spectrum of the local population. It is charged with the task of investigating the negotiation dynamics of all the listed actors in relation to each other through the lenses of the enriched sensitivity and vulnerability framework. It explains the process in order to discover what kinds of impact the group dynamics have on the choice of the partnership type in conjunction with the question whether it helps the host country (Ghana) to achieve, on a smaller scale, the partnership targets, and on a larger scale, water-related Millennium Development Goals.


© 2013, Xi Chen