|Publication type:||Article in scientific journal|
|Type of review:||Peer review (publication)|
|Title:||Federalism and the management of the COVID-19 crisis : centralisation, decentralisation and (non-)coordination|
|Published in:||West European Politics|
|Publisher / Ed. Institution:||Taylor & Francis|
|Subjects:||COVID-19; Coordination; Federalism; Intergovernmental relation|
|Subject (DDC):||320: Politics|
|Abstract:||The ability of federal states to manage the COVID-19 pandemic has created much debate. Federations differ considerably in the way they have been tackling the crisis, however. To shed light on how European federations (Austria, Germany, Switzerland) managed COVID-19, this paper distinguishes two dimensions of federal decision making: centralised/decentralised and unilateral/coordinated decision making. Drawing on official government documents and press reports, it examines decisions on the introduction of containment measures and their subsequent easing during the first wave. While Austria and Switzerland adopted a centralised approach, decentralised decision making prevailed in Germany. However, most decisions were coordinated between the governments at the federal and constituent unit level in Austria and Germany, in contrast to Switzerland where unilateralism prevailed. This difference in approaches can partly be explained by the distribution of powers. Political and economic factors also influenced the choice of crisis management strategies.|
|Fulltext version:||Published version|
|License (according to publishing contract):||Licence according to publishing contract|
|Departement:||School of Management and Law|
|Organisational Unit:||Institute of Public Management (IVM)|
|Appears in collections:||Publikationen School of Management and Law|
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