Diane Stone jointly authors an article on COVID-19 and Policy Sciences

April 21, 2020

Diane Stone, Dean of CEU School of Public Policy has jointly authored an article entitled “COVID-19 and the policy sciences: initial reactions and perspectives” in the journal Policy Sciences in collaboration with policy scholars from around the world* on the grip of a crisis that stands unprecedented in living memory.

The COVID-19 pandemic is urgent, global in scale, and massive in impacts. Following Harold D. Lasswell’s goal for the policy sciences to offer insights into unfolding phenomena, this commentary draws on the lessons of the policy sciences literature to understand the dynamics related to COVID-19.

They explore the ways in which scientific and technical expertise, emotions, and narratives influence policy decisions and shape relationships among citizens, organizations, and governments. They discuss varied processes of adaptation and change, including learning, surges in policy responses, alterations in networks (locally and globally), implementing policies across transboundary issues, and assessing policy success and failure. They conclude by identifying understudied aspects of the policy sciences that deserve attention in the pandemic’s aftermath.

*Chris Weible and Nohrstedt are the lead authors who mobilised Paul Cairney, David Carter, Deserai Crow, Anna Durnova, Tanya Heikkila, Karin Ingold, Allan McConnell and Diane Stone from across Europe, North America and Australia to write this paper during the last week of March 2020.