The Past and Future of the COVID-19 State: State Capacity, Path Dependency, and the Nature of Policy Punctuations

November 8, 2021


Type Lecture
Intended for General public / Enrolled students / Applying students / International students / Alumni / Companies / University students / Academic and Administrative Staff
Date(s) November 25, 2021 09:00 — 10:30
Location Online
Venue Online (Zoom) A URL link will be emailed to the registrants by the day before the event.
Entrance Fee No charge
Registration Method Advance registration required
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Registration Period November 4, 2021 — November 23, 2021
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: While a terrible tragedy for humankind, the COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented opportunity for policy scientists to examine the utility of concepts and models in the discipline against what is in effect a ‘natural experiment’ or an impossible to replicate real world situation in which multiple states encountered the same problem, with roughly the same risks, at the exact same time. This situation, among other things, controlled for many otherwise difficult to manage aspects of state policy behaviour and allowed purchase and insight into important questions such as (1) why different governments responded in different ways to the same problem (2) why the strategies they initially adopted proved difficult to change over the course of the pandemic and (3) what impact a crisis of the magnitude and strength of the pandemic has in altering the nature of policy trajectories and the course of the “Post-COVID-19 State”. This seminar examines all three issues and assesses how well policy models and concepts perform in explaining these phenomena. In so doing it examines what the activities of governments in and around the pandemic revealed about the quality and utility of policy theories related to key policy concepts like state capacity, path dependency and the nature of policy punctuations.

About the speaker: Michael Howlett, FRSC is Burnaby Mountain Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in the Department of Political Science at Simon Fraser University in Voncouver, BC, Canada. He specializes in public policy analysis, political economy, and resource and environmental policy. His detailed bio can be found here:
Language: In English. English⇔Japanese simultaneous interpretation will be provided during the seminar.
Moderator: Associate Professor Naomi Aoki

The Zoom session may be recorded for administrative purposes; it will not be broadcast. Recording by the audience is not permitted. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
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