The COVID-19 pandemic bared the inadequacies in existing structures of public health and governance in most countries. This book provides a comparative analysis of policy approaches and planning adopted by federal governments across the globe to battle and adequately respond to the health emergency as well as the socio-economic fallouts of the pandemic.

With twenty-four case studies from across the globe, the book critically analyzes responses to the public health crisis, its fiscal impact and management, as well as decision-making and collaboration between different levels of government of countries worldwide. It explores measures taken to contain the pandemic and to responsibly regulate and manage the health, socio-economic welfare, employment, and education of its people. The authors highlight the deficiencies in planning, tensions between state and local governments, politicization of the crisis, and the challenges of generating political consensus. They also examine effective approaches used to foster greater cooperation and learning for multi-level, polycentric innovation in pandemic governance.

One of the first books on federalism and approaches to the COVID-19 pandemic, this volume is an indispensable reference for scholars and researchers of comparative federalism, comparative politics, development studies, political science, public policy and governance, health and wellbeing, and political sociology.

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chapter 5|10 pages

Belgium's response to COVID-19

How to manage a pandemic in a competitive federal system?
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Brazilian federalism

Facing the COVID-19 pandemic 1
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Reduced acrimony, quiet management

Intergovernmental relations during the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada
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chapter 9|8 pages

Federalism and the COVID-19 crisis

The perspective from Ethiopia
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Germany's response to COVID-19

Federal coordination and executive politics
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chapter 11|9 pages

Federalism and the COVID-19 crisis

Center-state apposite relations in India
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The impact of the pandemic on the Italian regional system

Centralizing or decentralizing effects?
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Federalism and the COVID-19 crisis

Trends, tensions, and testing innovations in Malaysia
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COVID-19 in the Mexican federation

Managing the health and economic crises
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The first wave response from Nepal
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COVID-19, federalism and the first wave response
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South Africa's response to COVID-19

The multilevel government dynamic
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chapter 21|9 pages

COVID-19 and federalism in Spain

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Overnight centralization in one of the world's most federal countries
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chapter 23|10 pages

Perfect storm

The pandemic, Brexit, and devolved government in the UK
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chapter 24|11 pages

COVID-19 and American federalism

First-wave responses
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chapter 25|12 pages

The common response to COVID-19

The EU on the road toward de-crisisification?
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chapter 27|31 pages

Comparative summary

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