This comprehensive scholarly book on comparative federalism and the Covid-19 pandemic is written by some of the world’s leading federal scholars and national experts.

The Covid-19 pandemic presented an unprecedented emergency for countries worldwide, including all those with a federal or hybrid-federal system of government, which account for more than 40 per cent of the world’s population. With case studies from 19 federal countries, this book explores the core elements of federalism that came to the fore in combatting the pandemic: the division of responsibilities (disaster management, health care, social welfare, and education), the need for centralisation, and intergovernmental relations and cooperation. As the pandemic struck federal countries at roughly the same time, it provided a unique opportunity for comparative research on the question of how the various federal systems responded. The authors adopt a multidisciplinary approach to question whether federalism has been a help or a hindrance in tackling the pandemic. The value of the book lies in understanding how the Covid-19 pandemic affected federal dynamics and how it may have changed them, as well as providing useful lessons for how to combat such pandemics in federal countries in the future.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of politics and international relations, comparative federalism, health care, and disaster management.

The Open Access version of this book, available at https://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

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How federations combat Covid-19 1
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part I|166 pages

Europe and Eurasia

chapter 1|19 pages

Facing the Pandemic

Italy's functional ‘health federalism’ and dysfunctional cooperation 1
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chapter 2|18 pages

Decentralisation and Covid-19

Stress-testing the Spanish territorial system
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chapter 3|19 pages

Germany's Fight Against Covid-19

The tension between central regulation and decentralised management
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chapter 4|18 pages

Managing the Covid-19 Pandemic in Austria

From national unity to a de facto unitary state?
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chapter 5|18 pages

Managing the Covid-19 Crisis in a Divided Belgian Federation

Cooperation against all odds
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chapter 6|18 pages

Weak Institutions, Positive Results

The European Union's response to Covid-19
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chapter 7|18 pages

Managing the Coronavirus Pandemic in Switzerland

How federalism went into emergency mode and struggled to get out of it
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chapter 8|18 pages

The Covid-19 Pandemic in the United Kingdom

A tale of convergence and divergence
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chapter 9|19 pages

Russia's Fight Against Covid-19

Dealing with a global threat under crisis and stagnation
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part II|58 pages

North America

chapter 10|20 pages

American Federalism and Covid-19

Party Trumps policy
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chapter 11|20 pages

Facing the Coronavirus Pandemic in the Canadian Federation

Reinforced dualism and muted cooperation? 1
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part III|40 pages

South America

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chapter 14|19 pages

Federalism and Covid-19 in Argentina

Centralisation and hyper-presidentialism
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part IV|40 pages

Asia and Australia

chapter 15|20 pages

Pandemic Governance in India

The ongoing shift to ‘national federalism’
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chapter 16|19 pages

The Australian Federal Response to the Covid-19 Crisis

Momentary success or enduring reform?
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part V|56 pages


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chapter 18|19 pages

South Africa

Surfing towards centralisation on the Covid-19 wave
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chapter 19|18 pages

Managing Covid-19 in a ‘Façade Federalism’

The case of Nigeria
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part VI|50 pages


chapter 20|22 pages

Grappling with the Pandemic

Rich insights into intergovernmental relations
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chapter 21|27 pages

Federalism under Pressure

Federal ‘health’ factors and ‘co-morbidities’ 1
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