Alan Cafruny

The Political Economy of Global Responses to COVID-19, co-edited by Henry Platt Bristol Professor of International Relations Alan Cafruny, was recently published by Palgrave MacMillan.

The book includes essays that examine both the global response and the political economy response to the COVID-19 pandemic with the goal of identifying why some countries were more efficient and effective than others in responding to the pandemic, and why the global community did not come together in its response.

Alan Cafruny, book cover-The Political Economy Of Global Responses To COVID-19Cafruny and co-editor Leila Simona Talani of King’s College London, penned the book’s introduction, titled “The Political Economy of the COVID-19 Crisis—Neoliberalism, Populism, and Autocracy.”

The essays that follow are arranged into sections that focus on the responses of neo-liberalist states, populist states, and authoritarian states. Also included is a section with articles that highlight the global inequality of reactions to the pandemic.

Cafruny and Talani each contributed essays featured in the book. “Populism, Neoliberalism, and the Pandemic: The Tragedy of U.S. Policy,” by Cafruny, appears in the section on neoliberal states. Talini co-authored “A Tale of Two Crisis: The Impact of EU Response to the Pandemic—The Case of Italy,” which is included in the section on populist states.

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