Linda Chelan Li is Professor of Political Science in the Department of Public Policy and the Director of the Research Centre for Sustainable Hong Kong (CSHK), City University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include good governance, central-local relations, government reform, public finance and sustainable development. She initiated “CSHK on Covid-19”, a collaborative project to collate and analyze essential data on the case developments and policy response of different jurisdictions to Covid-19, with an international team spanning Europe, Asia, America and Australasia.
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Jeffrey Shek Yan CHUNG
Lawrence Ka-ki HO
Pak K. LEE
Bennis Wai Yip SO
H. Christoph STEINHARDT
Cleo Lok Hei WONG
Natalie W. M. WONG
Layla Xin YAN
Bria Yifei YAN
It is impossible to reflect on 2020 without discussing Covid-19. The term, literally meaning corona- (CO) virus (VI) disease (D) of 2019, has become synonymous with “the virus”, “corona” and “the pandemic”. The impact of the virus on our lives is unprecedented in modern human history, in terms of scale, depth and resilience. When compared to other epidemics that have plagued the world in recent decades, Covid-19 is often referred to as being much more “deadly” and is associated with advances in technology which scientists have described as “revolutionary”. From politics to economics, spanning families and continents, Covid-19 has unsettled norms: cultural clashes are intensified, politics are even more polarized, and regional tensions and conflicts are on the rise. Global trade patterns and supply chains are increasingly being questioned and redrawn. The world is being atomized, and individuals are forced to accept the “new normal” in their routines.
In an attempt to combat the virus and minimize its detrimental effects, countries have undertaken different preventive strategies and containment policies. Some have successfully curbed the spread of Covid-19, while many others remain in limbo, doing their best to respond to outbreaks in cases. To gain a better understanding of how to fight Covid-19, it is imperative to evaluate the success and failures of these approaches. Under what conditions is an approach successful? When should it be avoided? How can this information be used to avoid future pandemics?
This volume offers informative comparative case studies that shed light on these key questions. Each country case is perceptively analyzed and includes a detailed timeline, allowing readers to view each response with hindsight and extrapolate the data to better understand what the future holds. Taken as a whole, this collection offers invaluable insight at this critical juncture in the Covid-19 pandemic.
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“In the ‘post-truth’ era, such careful documentation of the facts is especially welcome.”
Dr Tania Burchardt
Department of Social Policy
London School of Economics and Political Science.
“This is exactly the kind of research that will contribute to our fight against Covid-19.”
University of Macau
“The end is not yet in sight for the pandemic but in these pages the key factors in its development and some possible solutions for the future are laid out in ways that make it indispensable reading.”
Prof David S. G. Goodman
Vice President Academic
Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou
“A well-researched book on Covid-19 highlighting the value of the meticulous fact-based groundwork by an international team.”
Carlson Tong, GBS, JP
Former Chairman, Securities and Futures Commission
Chairman, University Grants Committe
“This book is an important and groundbreaking effort by social scientists to understand on how states have been managing the crisis.” Kevin Hewison
Weldon E. Thornton Distinguished Emeritus Professor,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill