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China versus the US in the Pandemic Crisis: The State-People Nexus Confronting Systemic Challenges

Dic Lo and Yuning Shi
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Dic Lo: Department of Economics, SOAS University of London
Yuning Shi: Department of Economics, SOAS University of London

No 237, Working Papers from Department of Economics, SOAS University of London, UK

Abstract: The control of the COVID-19 crisis requires strong and rapid actions of each nation-state, but multiple facets of the ineffectiveness have been exposed so far. This paper seeks to characterise and assess the handling of the public health emergency in China and the United States. The exposition focuses on the governance structures and state-people dynamics of the two countries, drawing on the framework of “exit, voice, and loyalty†developed by Albert Hirschman. The paper concludes that the Chinese “tough model†appears to have facilitated a virtuous circle of the state-people interaction, whereas the US “loose model†has led to a vicious circle.

Keywords: coronavirus; systemic challenges; governance; state-people relationship; comparative political economy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H12 I18 P16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26
Date: 2020-07
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cna and nep-pol
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