1st Edition

Covid-19 and Governance Crisis Reveals

    360 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    360 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Covid-19 and Governance focuses on the relationship between governance institutions and approaches to Covid-19 and health outcomes. Bringing together analyses of Covid-19 developments in countries and regions across the world with a wide-angle lens on governance, this volume asks: what works, what hasn’t and isn’t, and why?

    Organized by region, the book is structured to follow the spread of Covid-19 in the course of 2020, through Asia, the Middle East, Europe, the Americas, and Africa. The analyses explore a number of key themes, including public health systems, government capability, and trust in government—as well as underlying variables of social cohesion and inequality. This volume combines governance, policies, and politics to bring wide international scope and analytical depth to the study of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Together the authors represent a diverse and formidable database of experience and understanding. They include sociologists, anthropologists, scholars of development studies and public administration, as well as MD specialists in public health and epidemiology. Engaged and free of jargon, this book speaks to a wide global public—including scholars, students, and policymakers—on a topic that has profound and broad appeal.

    Introduction: Patterns, confluence, regions
    Jan Nederveen Pieterse


    1. China’s fight against Covid-19: Domestic and external implications
    Changgang Guo and Wenhao Fan, Shanghai

    2. South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Covid-19
    Wang Hwi Lee, Suwon

    3. China, South Korea, Japan and Covid-19
    Ik Ki Kim and Rosung Kwak, Seoul

    4. India, Kerala and Covid-19
    N.C. Narayanan and Prabhir Vishnu Poruthiyil, Mumbai

    5. Nepal and Covid-19
    Ratna Mani Nepal, Kathmandu

    6. Indonesia and Covid-19: Decentralization and social conflict
    Rebecca Meckelburg and Charanpal S. Bal, Salatiga, Java and Perth

    7. Thailand and Covid-19: Institutions and social dynamics from below
    Chantana Wun’Gaeo and Surichai Wun’Gaeo, Bangkok

    Middle East

    8. Iran and Covid-19: Institutional configurations
    Ali Ashgar Mosleh and Abbas Jong, Tehran

    9. Saudi Arabia and Covid-19: Religious institutions
    Frank Fanselow, Singapore


    10. The UK and Covid-19
    Colin Tyler, Hull

    11. Spain and Covid-19
    Mariah Miller, Santa Barbara

    12. Germany and Covid-19
    Markus S. Schulz, Erfurt

    13. Turkey and Covid-19: Facing a global crisis during a domestic crisis 
    Sarp Kurgan, Istanbul


    14. The US, South Korea, and Covid-19: Governance
    Hyug Baeg Im, Gwangju

    15. The United States and Covid-19: Hairpin turns
    Jan Nederveen Pieterse

    16. Brazil, South America and Covid-19
    Adalberto Cardoso and Thiago Peres, Rio de Janeiro

    17. Cuba dancing with Covid-19: Citizenship and resilience
    Roberto Zurbano Torres, Havana

    18. Nicaragua and Covid-19: Authoritarian indifference
    Kai M. Thaler, Santa Barbara


    19. Rwanda and Covid-19: Leadership and resilient health system
    Jeanine Condo MD and Edson Rwagasore, MD, Kigali

    20. Kenya and Covid-19
    Ahmed Kalebi, MD, Nairobi

    21. Africa and Covid-19: Ways forward
    Nina Callaghan, Mark Swilling and Merin Jacob, Stellenbosch

    Crosscutting themes

    22. Covid-19 and migrant workers: The Gulf and Singapore
    Habibul Khondker, Abu Dhabi

    23. Covid-19 and science: Italy and late modernity
    Luciano d’Andrea and Andrea Declich, Rome

    24. Global Infodemic: Covid-19 and the organization of disinformation
    Wasim Khaled and Naushad UzZaman

    Habibul Khondker and Jan Nederveen Pieterse



    Jan Nederveen Pieterse is Suzanne and Duncan Mellichamp Distinguished Professor of Global Studies and Sociology at University of California Santa Barbara, USA.

    Haeran Lim is Professor in Political Science and International Relations, Seoul National University, South Korea.

    Habibul Khondker, MA (Carleton, Ottawa), PhD (Pittsburgh) is Professor of Social Sciences at Zayed University, Abu Dhabi.

    'Simply the best and most authoritative set of articles yet produced on the Covid-19 crisis. Global in scope, and written by top-class academic experts, the book provides an essential source for grasping the impact of the pandemic and what accounts for the huge differences in its impact in different states and regions.'

    Anthony Giddens, Emeritus Professor at the LSE and Fellow of King's College, Cambridge, UK

    'An imaginative collection of uniformly perceptive studies examining how different countries have coped with the havoc caused by the coronavirus. A most valuable contribution to a comparative understanding of a nationally mediated global problem.'

    Bhikhu Parekh, Member of the House of Lords, UK