Journal article

Why pandemic response is unique: powerful experts and hands-off political leaders

Erik Baekkeskov, Olivier Rubin

Disaster Prevention and Management | Emerald Publishing | Published : 2014

Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to show that 2009 H1N1 “swine” influenza pandemic vaccination policies deviated from predictions established in the theory of political survival, and to propose that pandemic response deviated because it was ruled by bureaucratized experts rather than by elected politicians. Design/methodology/approach – Focussing on the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, the paper employs descriptive statistical analysis of vaccination policies in nine western democracies. To probe the plausibility of the novel explanation, it uses quantitative and qualitative content analyses of media attention and coverage in two deviant cases, the USA and Denmark. Findings – Theories linking p..

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