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COVID-19 and Federalism: Emerging Trends and a Future Research Agenda
The continuing Covid-19 pandemic has produced a plethora of research on how federal countries have managed this public health crisis. While it is too early to draw definitive conclusions, the experiences of pandemic management to date provide some insights into common trends seen across federations.

As the pandemic continues to ebb and flow globally, comparative international research can provide an invaluable source of learning to inform policy making and practice. At present, research suggests that federations have not been markedly different from non-federations in the effectiveness of their pandemic management. As with unitary systems, some federations have been praised and others criticized—although this points to a need to try to identify why different federations responded more and less effectively. Moreover, as the events of the pandemic continue to unfold, developments such as the rollout of vaccination programs and reopening strategies provide new and important fields of enquiry for researchers.

There is thus a need to develop an ongoing research agenda on pandemic (and other public health challenge) management in federations, informed by the findings of research undertaken to date. As an evolving global issue, the COVID-19 crisis provides researchers with a unique opportunity to contribute to the development of knowledge in the field of federalism studies, and support future pandemic management policy making and practice.

In this webinar, international experts from the Global North and Global South will reflect upon the emergent trends in pandemic management within federations and identify key issues to be addressed in a future research agenda.

Jan 25, 2022 08:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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