Governing the Corona Crisis – A cooperation project of the LRA "Crises in a Globalised World"
(1) The CoronaNet Project : Tracking government responses towards COVID-19
Government policy reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic have direct consequences for its spread and effect on health outcomes; ultimately such policies will determine whether the global fight against COVID-19 are successful or not. As policymakers, researchers and the broader public debate and compare different governmental approaches, they need a real-time and traceable dataset of government policies in order to understand not only what policies are effective, but under what conditions they are effective.
The aim of the CoronaNet Research Project is not only to compile such a database on government responses to the corona virus and to make it publicly available (a beta version of the dataset has been made public since April 11, 2020 and new data is released daily with a 5 day lag from when a policy was collected into the databse) for others to use, but to also to understand, among other things, what drives these responses and under what conditions they can help stymy the epidemic.
(2) Governing COVID-19 : Analysing the effects of government responses in Brazil, Iran, Tanzania, and Germany
The objective of this project is to assess impacts of government responses to Corona using key indicators on Food Security and Socio-Economy in rural and peri-urban areas of the three countries Brazil, Iran and Tanzania and to compare findings between the countries and to Germany. Whilst on a global scale government responses of most countries align, with regards to acknowledging the severity of the coronavirus, and imposed measures, such as curfews, and trade restrictions, the government responses of the chosen countries of study are very different. While instruments to combat COVID-19 are also different and also the manner of transparency differs across these countries; they provide an interesting platform for the study of effects of government responses to COVID-19 in societies.