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COVID-19 and Public Policy in the Digital Age

ISBN13: 9780367560232
Published: December 2020
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £29.99

COVID-19 and Public Policy in the Digital Age explores how states and societies have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and their long-term implications for public policy and the rule of law globally. It examines the extent to which existing methods of protecting public safety and national security measure up in a time of crisis. The volume also examines how these ideas themselves have undergone transformation in the context of the global crisis.

The book:

  • Explores the intersection of public policy, individual rights, and technology;
  • Analyzes the role of science in determining political choices;
  • Reconsiders our understanding of security studies on a global scale arising out of antisocial behaviour, panic buying, and stockpiling of food and (in the United States) arms;
  • Probes the role of fake news and social media in crisis situations; and
  • Provides a critical analysis of the notion of global surveillance in relation to the pandemic.

A timely, prescient volume on the many ramifications of the pandemic, this book will be essential reading for professionals, scholars, researchers, and students of public policy, especially practitioners working in the fields of technology and society, security studies, law, media studies, and public health.

Constitutional and Administrative Law, Law and Society
1. Confronting contagion
2. Science and power
3. Law, rights, and public policy
4. The technology of information
5. The politics of the pandemic