COVID-19

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    Young people exposed to an epidemic have less trust in political institutions for the rest of their lives

Young people exposed to an epidemic have less trust in political institutions for the rest of their lives

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Poor public health policy leads to deeper distrust, further undermining the effectiveness of public health policy, write Cevat Giray Aksoy, Barry Eichengreen and Orkun Saka.

It is widely argued (by, inter alia, Fukyuama 2020) that the keys to success in dealing with COVID-19 are “whether citizens trust their leaders, and whether those leaders preside over a competent and effective state.” By […]

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    The COVID-19 crisis is another signal that the American era is ending 

The COVID-19 crisis is another signal that the American era is ending 

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With over 100,000 dead and well over 1 million cases, the US has been hit the hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. Gustavo Palomares Lerma writes that while in the recent past, America has presented itself as a global leader, the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic – both at home and abroad – illustrates that it is now a power that is very much in decline.

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    States with a Democratic governor and women-headed public health agencies were more likely to implement COVID-19 stay-at-home orders earlier

States with a Democratic governor and women-headed public health agencies were more likely to implement COVID-19 stay-at-home orders earlier

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Much of the US response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been the responsibility of state governments, with some issuing stay-at-home orders earlier than others, and some not issuing them at all. In new research which analyses the timing of state stay-at-home orders, Laine P. Shay finds that Democratic states were over 400 percent more likely to implement early stay-at-home […]

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    Those who trust government and others are more likely to comply with stay at home orders. 

Those who trust government and others are more likely to comply with stay at home orders. 

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In recent months, the majority of the US population has been subject to stay at home and social distancing orders to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. In new research which analyses cellphone data, Daniel A. N. Goldstein and Johannes Wiedemann find that people’s sense of trust in government and others is related to their compliance with going along with preventative measures like stay at […]

Why public trust in the WHO matters

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Public faith in the World Health Organisation has held up so far. But Donald Trump’s efforts to discredit it are damaging not just because they inhibit America’s co-operation with other countries, writes Renu Singh. They also make it less likely that, in the absence of strong domestic leadership, US citizens will trust the WHO enough to follow its recommendations.

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    Lockdown is nothing like being in jail. But it should change the way we think about imprisonment.

Lockdown is nothing like being in jail. But it should change the way we think about imprisonment.

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For many, COVID-19 related lockdowns have evoked – largely inaccurate – comparisons with incarceration in prison. Chris Barker writes that while the analogy is limited, such thinking should encourage us to examine our own attitudes to punishment in America and what custodial sentences seek to achieve.  

This story has two parts. The first part is about the effects of social isolation on the American public during the COVID-19 lockdown. Loneliness, we are […]

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    A deadly combination of states’ rights and racism means that many US states are choosing personal freedom over life. 

A deadly combination of states’ rights and racism means that many US states are choosing personal freedom over life. 

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States’ rights and racism have been two deadly strands in American history which have been brought to the surface in the COVID-19 pandemic. Laura Smith writes that the pandemic shows just how desensitized Americans have become to the risk of more death – especially among communities of color, who have been disproportionately impacted.

With the re-opening of states, Americans who protested against state restrictions in favor of personal liberty appear […]

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    An unequal labor market means that COVID-19 has been especially harmful for vulnerable groups including people with disabilities.

An unequal labor market means that COVID-19 has been especially harmful for vulnerable groups including people with disabilities.

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Employment across the world has taken a huge hit because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Michelle Maroto and David Pettinicchio write that existing inequalities in earnings and employment mean that individuals with disabilities and other vulnerable groups have been especially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing measures taken to combat its spread have created huge […]

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    Politicians can’t hide behind scientists forever – even in a pandemic

Politicians can’t hide behind scientists forever – even in a pandemic

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It is dangerous when politicians ignore expert advice. But it is just as dangerous when politicians outsource their judgement to experts, especially if the margin of error is huge and the advice is contested, write Tim Besley and Andrés Velasco. Ultimately, it is the job of politicians to make the tough decisions about trade-offs.

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    Meatpackers are deeply vulnerable to COVID-19. Expect a reckoning for US workers

Meatpackers are deeply vulnerable to COVID-19. Expect a reckoning for US workers

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As COVID-19 progresses, it will probably catalyse a long-overdue reckoning with the core structures of the political economy. This will be particularly important for the beleaguered meatpackers in the United States, writes Paul Apostolidis.

“The guy at the plant said they had to work to feed America.” That’s what The New York Times reported Willie Martin said about his mother, […]

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