Good Public Governance in a Global Pandemic
Per Lægreid with chapter in special IIAS-report on the public governance of the COVID-19 pandemic
The International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) have published a special report titled “Good Public Governance in a Global Pandemic”. The intention was that this report is useful in helping leaders and governments understand better what has worked and why and facilitate the drawing of immediate lessons for their handling of COVID-19 and lessons for future pandemics.
The International Institute of Administrative Sciences, as a learned society for Public Administration, dealing with real societal problems, wanted to do what it could to help as the national governments of the world sought to protect human life from the ravages of the coronavirus crisis. The perspective of this report is therefore a practical one. This is not a report prepared by academic ‘spectators’ contemplating out of ‘pure’ curiosity what is happening, but a report of academics and practitioners that is intended to support the work of all those public leaders and public administrators bearing a responsibility for the public governance of action in response to the pandemic.
In order to compile this report on the public governance of the COVID-19 pandemic, the IIAS and its entities’ network was mobilized. A large number of academics, scholars, and practitioners of public administration from across the world collaborated to establish what was happening in the different countries and to evaluate the consequences of the measures taken at the different phases of the pandemic. The idea was to study the variety of situations and the diversity of responses.
Tom Christensen and Per Lægreid have contributed with the chapter on how The Norwegian Government responded to the COVID-19 Pandemic.The main lesson learned from the Norwegian case is that, despite a lack of preparedness in some respects, the government managed to control the pandemic rather quickly and effectively by adopting a suppression strategy based on a collaborative and pragmatic decision-making style, successful communication with the public, a lot of resources, a high level of citizens’ trust in government, professional hospital services and a low population density.
You can find the full report HERE.