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A look at different governance systems during the Covid-19 pandemic

Francis Fukuyama and Luis Felipe López-Calva
Francis Fukuyama and Luis Felipe López-Calva7/2/2021 7:0 AM GMT+08  • 5 min read
A look at different governance systems during the Covid-19 pandemic
Countries in East Asia tended to do a better job of controlling the pandemic than did many countries in the Americas and Europe.
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The Covid-19 pandemic has created a laboratory for testing different governance systems in the face of a public-health crisis, ultimately revealing massive variance in country performance.

For example, countries in East Asia (like China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan) tended to do a better job of controlling the pandemic than did many countries in the Americas and Europe.

But these outcomes are not about democratic versus authoritarian government, as some have argued.

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