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    What Happened?: The 2020 election can’t be understood without considering the role of the COVID-19 pandemic

What Happened?: The 2020 election can’t be understood without considering the role of the COVID-19 pandemic

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The 2020 US electoral cycle was truly historic. Along with two presidential candidates at odds with each other over policy, campaign decorum, and their visions for the future, it occurred in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic. Peter Finn, Madison Imiola, and Rob Ledger argue that if these two events are viewed as linked, rather than separate events happening […]

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    In Idaho, Republicans’ support for mask mandates falls if they are enforced

In Idaho, Republicans’ support for mask mandates falls if they are enforced

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Mask mandates are one policy tool state governments have used to tackle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But does the enforcement of these mandates change the way Americans think about them? In new research, Luke Fowler and Jeff Lyons examine the effects of mask mandate enforcement measures, such as fines, on public support in Idaho. They find that Democrats are […]

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    Will vaccine mandates boost the economy? Economists think so

Will vaccine mandates boost the economy? Economists think so

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A survey explored US economists’ views on President Biden’s vaccine mandates. Will the mandates promote a faster and stronger economic recovery? Romesh Vaitilingam writes that the 42 economists who took part in the survey were unanimous in replying “yes”, with many adding nuanced comments. 

Following the Biden administration’s announcement of its intention to require that anyone at a firm with more […]

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    Present day partisanship and the legacy of structural inequality has helped fuel the spread of COVID-19 in Native nations

Present day partisanship and the legacy of structural inequality has helped fuel the spread of COVID-19 in Native nations

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The pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on Native nations in the US with COVID-19 rates 350 percent higher among Native Americans compared to whites. In new research Raymond Foxworth, Laura E. Evans, Gabriel R. Sanchez, Cheryl Ellenwood, and Carmela M. Roybal contextualize the history of colonization and policy neglect by federal and state governments to explain the unequal […]

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    COVID-19 vaccination programmes are showcasing the merits of digital healthcare

COVID-19 vaccination programmes are showcasing the merits of digital healthcare

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The global effort to implement Covid-19 vaccination programmes poses substantial logistical challenges. Shane Markowitz argues the early evidence from successful vaccination rollouts highlights the value of digital healthcare approaches.   

As the Covid-19 vaccine rollout steadily gains steam globally, a wider range of groups are becoming eligible for inoculation. Yet confusion and frustration are rampant, with governments encountering logistical obstacles in reaching populations and […]

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    What the COVID-19 pandemic has meant for American political life

What the COVID-19 pandemic has meant for American political life

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As we approach the one-year anniversary of many of the first COVID-19 lockdowns, LSE US Centre Director Professor Peter Trubowitz focuses on three important impacts of the pandemic on the US: the partisan divide; the 2020 presidential contest; and America’s role in the world. 
How has COVID-19 affected partisanship and polarization in America? 
COVID-19 has changed many things in America, but […]

Myopic self-interest restricts access to COVID-19 vaccines

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COVID-19 vaccination presents a picture of inequality: about 51% of the world’s vaccines are in the hands of 14% of the global population. Between and within countries, the distribution of vaccines has reflected existing racial and socioeconomic hierarchies rather than allocations that would maximise collective social welfare. Many countries see this as a contest. As a result, ‘winners’ order […]

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    What a successful COVID-19 vaccination campaign would look like

What a successful COVID-19 vaccination campaign would look like

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A COVID-19 vaccine appears to be the only way out of repeated lockdowns – yet in the UK and US, where trust in governments’ handling of the pandemic is already low, many people are minded to refuse it. Rebecca Forman and Lucy Thompson (LSE) set out what a proactive vaccination campaign would look like.

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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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