1st Edition

Southern Europe in The Covid-19 Pandemic The First Phase

    186 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book investigates the fast-learning experience of Covid-19’s initial onset in a region long renowned for low state capacity, political polarisation and weak health systems.

    Covid-19, a global health emergency entailing a major existential threat, presented a crucial challenge for national governments and political systems. It elicited drastic policy measures, including unprecedented lockdowns. The question of how and why some states acted more effectively in facing this emergency situation has important implications for future crisis management. The outcomes varied greatly across countries, ranging from examples for emulation to dire portents of the consequences of losing control. Case studies of Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Turkey examine crisis preparedness, policy response, political dynamics and societal reception. A comparative overview chapter offers potential explanations for the divergence in national performance.

    This volume will be of great use to students and researchers across the fields of European studies, political leadership, public policy, governance and public health. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of South European Society and Politics.

    1. Southern Europe Managing the First Phase of the Covid-19 Pandemic: The Crucial Effect of Timing

    Susannah Verney, José Real-Dato and Juan Rodríguez-Teruel


    2. Italy, the Sick Man of Europe: Policy Response, Experts and Public Opinion in the First Phase of Covid-19

    Giulia Vicentini and Maria Tullia Galanti


    3. The Limits of Power Concentration and Expert Knowledge in Emergency Management: Spain’s Government Response during the First Phase of the Covid-19 Pandemic

    Juan Rodríguez Teruel, Eloísa del Pino and José Real-Dato


    4. A Portuguese Miracle: The Politics of the First Phase of Covid-19 in Portugal

    Patrícia Silva, Edna Costa and João Moniz


    5. Regaining Trust: Evidence-Informed Policymaking during the First Phase of the Covid-19 Crisis in Greece

    Stella Ladi, Angelos Angelou and Dimitra Panagiotatou


    6. Surviving the Covid-19 Pandemic under Right-wing Populist Rule: Turkey in the First Phase

    Özge Kemahlıoğlu and Oya Yeğen


    Juan Rodríguez-Teruel is Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Valencia, Spain. His research focuses on executives, ministers and political parties. He recently co-edited Digital Parties. The Challenge of Online Organisation and Participation (2021). He is founding editor of the Spanish political website ‘Agenda Pública’.


    José Real-Dato is Associate Professor at the University of Almería, Spain. His current research focuses on the use of expert knowledge in public policy making. He was principal researcher of the project Impact of Specialised Knowledge on the Design and Adoption of Public Policy in Spain and is currently director of the project Policy Analytic Capacities in Regional Public Administration in Spain: Mapping, Assessing, and Explaining.


    Susannah Verney is Associate Professor of European Integration and European Politics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She served as Editor of South European Society and Politics (with Anna Bosco) in 1999-2023. Her most recent book (co-edited with Anna Bosco) is The Politics of Polarisation: Conflictual Competition in Italy, Spain and Greece (Routledge, 2022).