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Comparing the policy narratives of Angela Merkel and Boris Johnson during the Covid-19 pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has required citizens to adhere to strict restrictions to help tackle infection rates. Drawing on a new study, Michael Mintrom, Maria Rost Rublee, Matteo Bonotti and Steven T. Zech compare the effectiveness of the policy narratives used by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to encourage citizens to follow their advice. While states had broadly the same information about Covid-19 at the start of the pandemic in early 2020, they...

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How policymakers can support EU cohesion in the post-pandemic environment

Support for economic, social, and territorial cohesion has been at the heart of the EU since its inception. However, the Covid-19 pandemic risks deepening inequalities between citizens and territories across the EU. Patricia Wruuck, Julie Delanote, Peter McGoldrick, Emily Sinnott and Debora Revoltella use a unique combination of survey data from businesses and municipalities to identify investment needs and gaps across EU regions. They suggest that a combination of finance, capacity...

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Building the Road to Greener Pastures

How the G20 can support the recovery with sustainable local infrastructure investment. We owe our gratitude to Suman Bery, Nicola Bilotta, Maria Demertzis, Alberto Franco Pozzolo, Simone Tagliapietra, Guntram Wolff, and Georg Zachmann for their input and comments, as well as Alma Kurtovic for her excellent management of this project. We would also like to thank the Italian Ministry of Finance and Economics and the members of the G20 Infrastructure Working Group for their valuable feedback...

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Fair vaccine access is a goal Europe cannot afford to miss – July update

A Global Deal for Our Pandemic Age Report of the G20 High Level Independent Panel on Financing the Global Commons for Pandemic Preparedness and Response. By: Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Lawrence H. Summers, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Ana Botin, Mohamed El-Erian, Jacob Frenkel, Rebeca Grynspan, Naoko Ishii, Michael Kremer, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Luis Alberto Moreno, Lucrezia Reichlin, John-Arne Røttingen, Vera Songwe, Mark Suzman, Tidjane Thiam, Jean-Claude Trichet, Ngaire Woods, ZHU Min, Masood Ahmed,...

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People behave more selfishly when they recall the social isolation of lockdowns

When people are reminded of the social isolation of lockdown, they behave more selfishly than they otherwise would, find Sabrina Jeworrek and Joschka Waibel. This has important implications for a world in which in-person interaction is becoming rarer.  Social distancing is a powerful tool to counter the spread of COVID-19, and much effort has already been devoted to studying why individuals (voluntarily) comply with it. Based on a large sample of almost 90,000 individuals from 39...

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How the court politics of Covid-19 help us make sense of crisis responses

What explains the different responses of European countries to Covid-19? Drawing on a new study, John Boswell, Jack Corbett, Rod Rhodes and Heidi Houlberg Salomonsen set out a ‘court politics’ model of how governing elites have taken advice and made decisions during the pandemic. Dominic Cummings’ ‘Domshell’ testimony to the ‘Coronavirus: Lessons Learnt Inquiry’ in May was pure political box office. It was set-piece theatre orchestrated for a notorious renegade, recently at the heart...

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How hypermasculine leadership may have affected early Covid-19 policy responses

Georgina Waylen argues that the reluctance of politicians with hypermasculine leadership traits to take the pandemic seriously and implement or adhere to mitigation measures led to incoherent policymaking and poor communication. This reduced levels of public trust and contributed to high rates of infection and death. In his recent evidence to MPs, Dominic Cummings attributed many failings in the UK government’s initial pandemic response to ‘groupthink’. Others have highlighted the...

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Vox, Covid-19, and populist discourses in Spain

The radical right party Vox has been a harsh critic of the Spanish government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. José Javier Olivas Osuna and José Rama present findings from an analysis of the speeches made by the party’s leader, Santiago Abascal, during the first wave of the crisis. They write that Abascal’s interventions became increasingly populist as the pandemic progressed. There is also evidence of a ‘spillover’ effect, with the level of populism displayed by other parties also...

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What to expect from the ECB’s monetary policy strategy review?

Emphasis will be placed on greening monetary policy and clarifying the ECB's price stability objective, but is this enough? By: Maria Demertzis Date: June 23, 2021 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance This piece was originally published in the Money Review section of Kathimerini and El Economista. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the European Central Bank (ECB) to postpone the review of its monetary policy strategy, or how it goes about ensuring price stability in the...

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France is in the midst of a poverty crisis

What impact has the Covid-19 pandemic had on poverty? Nicolas Duvoux presents findings from a major report on the impact of the virus in France. He writes that there is clear evidence the pandemic has accelerated levels of inequality in the country. In January, French Prime Minister Jean Castex commissioned a report on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on poverty. The report was produced by the National Council of Antipoverty and Exclusion Policies (CNLE), a body that brings...

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