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Capacity-building and Pandemics

Singapore’s Response to Covid-19

Authors: Woo, Jun Jie

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  • Discusses the policy capacities that have driven Singapore's policy response to the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Addresses the systemic blind spots and policy shortcomings that have also emerged in the process
  • Provides policy recommendations on policy capacity-building for future pandemics and crises
  • Is of strong interest to scholars and students of public policy and crisis management
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This book focuses on the policy capacities, built up since the 2003 SARS crisis, that have contributed to Singapore’s Covid-19 response efforts. In doing so, the book discusses the fiscal, operational, analytical and political capacities that have driven Singapore's policy response to the pandemic, and proposes a broad policy capacity framework that will be applicable to the analysis of other contexts as well.

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about massive disruptions in societies and economies across the world. Singapore’s early success in managing the Covid-19 pandemic has received much attention from researchers and observers from across the world. A study by the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University had described Singapore’s early efforts to detect and contain Covid-19 as the “gold standard of near-perfect detection”.

Despite its success in containing Covid-19 infections, Singapore has also faced challenges arising from systemic policy blind spots, resulting in high levels of infection in its migrant worker dormitories. With that, the book also discusses the systemic blind spots and policy shortcomings that have emerged in Singapore’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and provides policy recommendations on policy capacity-building for future pandemics and crises.

The book will be of strong interest to scholars and students of public policy and crisis management, especially those who specialise in healthcare policy and pandemic response. Given the ongoing challenges posed by Covid-19 as well as the continued risks of other future infectious disease outbreaks, the book will also be useful for policymakers and practitioners seeking to draw policy lessons from Singapore’s experience with the SARS and Covid-19 outbreaks. 


About the authors

J.J. Woo is a public policy researcher and consultant. His professional appointments have included Assistant Professor and Programme Leader at the Education University of Hong Kong, Assistant Professor and Community Research Fellow at Nanyang Technological University, Rajawali Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, Singapore University of Technology and Design. Dr. Woo received his PhD from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and holds an MSc in International Political Economy from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Capacity-building and Pandemics
Book Subtitle
Singapore’s Response to Covid-19
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-15-9453-3
DOI
10.1007/978-981-15-9453-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-15-9452-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 112
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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