What is it about?

How do countries respond to major crises, like COVID-19? This article surveys findings from prior work and lays out an agenda for future research.

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Why is it important?

Crises are increasing in frequency with economic globalization, climate change, and other factors. It is essential for us to understand how governments manage crises and how responses can be improved.


The impact of Covid-19 is ultimately determined by politics. Why are some countries more vulnerable to major crises like global pandemics? Why do some governments respond more quickly and aggressively? How do domestic and international institutions transform in response to major shocks? Political scientists have a lot to say about these questions, and it is important to make our scholarship accessible to the public and policymakers.

Phillip Lipscy
University of Toronto

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This page is a summary of: COVID-19 and the Politics of Crisis, International Organization, October 2020, Cambridge University Press,
DOI: 10.1017/s0020818320000375.
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