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Policy Making in a Global Pandemic
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Risk has emerged as a key mechanism for controlling the future and learning from past misfortunes.

How did risk influence policy makers’ responses to COVID-19? How will they be judged for their decisions?

Drawing on case studies from the UK, China, Japan, New Zealand and the US, this original text explores policy responses to COVID-19 through the lens of risk. The book considers how different countries framed the pandemic, categorised their populations and communicated risk. It also evaluates the role of the media, conspiracy theories and hindsight in shaping responses to COVID-19.

As we reflect on the ‘first wave’, this book offers a vital resource for anticipating future responses to crises.

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Introduction This chapter provides a concise overview of the COVID-19 pandemic. By drawing on the extensive news output and published scientific reports, the aim is to explain what a coronavirus is, to identify the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to provide an international overview of the way the disease spread so rapidly across the world. Attention then turns to consider the performance of UK central government. A final section considers the main features of the COVID-19 pandemic, and identifies some of the key policy issues that the disease now

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Counter-Stories of Colliding Pandemics

This book addresses the prejudices that emerged out of the collision of two pandemics: COVID-19 and racism.

Offering a snapshot of experiences through counter story-telling and micro narratives, this collection assesses the racialised responses to the pandemic and investigates acts of discrimination that have occurred within social, political and historical contexts.

Capturing the divisive discourses which have dominated this contemporary moment, this is a unique and creative resource that shows how structural racism continues to operate insidiously, offering invaluable insights for policy, practicend critical race and ethnic studies.

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Nothing changes everything . Given the scale of the disruption and desolation that the pandemic has wrought – from the truly global to the irreducibly intimate – it is tempting to think that COVID-19 is the exception. But it isn’t. Other pandemics have been and gone. 1 We will not be living in a siege economy and society for ever. And a combination of herd immunity, vaccine and collective boredom will allow some sort of everyday to re-emerge. But we shall not be returning to the world just as it was, nor any time soon. 2 The Global Financial Crisis (of 2008

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Introduction This chapter utilises the same method as the rest of the book (QCA) but with a different dataset. During the book’s writing, the COVID-19 pandemic began and spread across the world. This gave me two options – I could ignore it, as the pandemic was not in the original book proposal, or I could incorporate it, and see how different health systems had responded to the challenge that it offered. I have decided on the latter, but of course any analysis I can offer is limited in that, at the time of writing, the pandemic is far from over. This has

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It is necessary for African leaders and policymakers to utilize the rare opportunity opened up by the COVID-19 outbreak to unite behind a common purpose  and  strengthen public health systems and disease surveillance. Such a unity against the  pandemic will make it easier for the World Bank and other donor or lending institutions to mitigate its negative effects. Strengthening regional cooperation of all health institutions in Africa and activation of stricter policies at the ports of entry, such as screening, testing and isolation of confirmed cases, will go a

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This edited collection offers the first system-wide account of the impact of COVID-19 on crime and justice in England and Wales. It provides a critical discussion of the challenges faced by criminal justice agencies (prison, probation, youth justice, courts, police), professionals and service users in adapting to the extraordinary pressures of the pandemic on policy, practice and lived experience.

The text integrates first-hand narrative and artistic accounts from a variety of key stakeholders experiencing the Criminal Justice System (CJS). The editors recommend a range of evidence-based policy and practice improvements, not only in terms of planning for future pandemics, but also those that will benefit the CJS and its stakeholders in the longer term.

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Cutting across disciplines from science and technology studies to the arts and humanities, this thought-provoking collection engages with key issues of social exclusion, inequality, power and knowledge in the context of COVID-19.

The authors use the crisis as a lens to explore the contours of contemporary societies and lay bare the ways in which orthodox conceptions of the human condition can benefit a privileged few.

Highlighting the lived experiences of marginalised groups from around the world, this is a boundary spanning critical intervention to ongoing debates about the pandemic. It presents new ways of thinking in public policy, culture and the economy and points the way forward to a more equitable and inclusive human future.

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novel coronavirus, to be named SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19 for short. On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported almost 8,000 confirmed cases worldwide. Most of these were in China, but 18 other countries had already been affected. 1 The first people to be diagnosed with lab-confirmed COVID-19 in the UK were a mother and son in York on 30 January 2020. Concern grew, and in the week to 28 February, the FTSE 100 lost 11%, its worst week since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) in 2008. 2 On 3 March, day 33 of the UK pandemic, a person who had tested

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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Global South will be formidable and will take decades to recover from. Regions that have historically struggled with development issues have been caught highly exposed to the spread of this particular pathogen. Already straining from under-resourced health and medical provision, climate change and conflict, many of the world’s most vulnerable regions will be forced into a mitigation drain that will undermine decades of positive development while accelerating processes of socioeconomic stress that –​ if not combated at an

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