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Justice, Fairness, Inclusion, and Performance.

International Affairs and Social Equity March 2 Panel

February 24, 2023

What can be learned from comparative (cross-country)

Covid governance?

Thursday, March 2, 2023; 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST

In this time of geopolitical tensions, can Covid serve as example of how countries (and their peoples) may learn from one another about dealing with "local" impacts of common global challenges? NAPA’s Social Equity in Governance and International Affairs Standing Panels are pleased to sponsor a discussion, with topics including:

  • With Covid as an example, how can public administration scholars and practitioners learn from experiences of other countries?
  • With equity as a common global health challenge, what can US scholars and practitioners learn from Covid governance experiences of other countries?
  • What might next steps be for comparative learning –about governance of local impacts of global health challenges?

The discussion will draw on Louise Comfort and Mary Lee Rhodes' edited country comparison: Global Risk Management; The Role of Collective Cognition in response to Covid-19 (2022) and Racial Equity, COVID-19, and Public Policy: The Triple Pandemic, edited by Elsie L. Harper-Anderson, Jay S. Albanese, and Susan T. Gooden (Feb 2023).

Following introduction of their books by Louise Comfort, Mary Lee Rhodes, and Elsie Harper-Anderson, discussion will be kicked off by University of Pennsylvania bioethics/health care scholar, Harald Schmidt, drawing on his Covid-era Federal and local government advising and research, and Wenjuan Zhang, a comparative governance scholar visiting at the Kennedy School.

Further Background for the discussion can be found at:

  • Schmidt H, Roberts DE, Eneanya ND Rationing, racism and justice: advancing the debate around ‘colourblind’ COVID-19 ventilator allocation Journal of Medical Ethics 2022;48:126-130.

Video Recording

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Louise Comfort

Professor Emerita and former Director, Center for Disaster Management, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh

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Mary Lee Rhodes

Associate Professor of Public Management and co-Director Centre for Social Innovation at Trinity College, Dublin

Elsie Harper-Anderson

Associate Professor, Director of the Ph.D. program, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University

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Wenjuan Zhang

Professor and Associate Dean (International Collaborations), Jindal Global Law School; Asia Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School

Harald Schmidt

Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania