Pandemic Governance: Re-Thinking Rules and Institutions in Post Pandemic World

Popovski, Vesselin (2021) Pandemic Governance: Re-Thinking Rules and Institutions in Post Pandemic World. Public policies., 12 (1). pp. 79-90.

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From time immemorial the epidemics affected the fate of states and their powers both short-term and long-term. How do leaders approach contagious diseases and protect people is a crucial test of governance: a tyranny can become emboldened during pandemics, increase its central power and control and make people obedient in fear of mass death; but also a democracy can dramatically fail addressing the emergency, letting many people die, and/or lockdown businesses and produce long-term negative economic consequences. This article lists five tests that COVID presented, discusses whether democratic states did better, or worse, during the pandemic, and whether female leaders did better than male leaders. It argues that key factors to assess pandemic governance are competence and willingness to listen to scientists, quick and flexible decision-making, capacity and effectiveness of the bureaucratic machinery, and solid trust in the citizenry.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Governance | Pandemic
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Social Sciences (General)
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Amees Mohammad
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2022 14:29
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2022 04:54


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