Berggruen Governance Index: COVID Case Studies

The COVID-19 pandemic is a rare crisis that all states are facing simultaneously. Although imperfect—as a result of variations in population, geography, and evolving epidemiology—this test measures not only pandemic preparedness and response but more importantly, state capacity and social resilience. The following report contains four case studies of different countries’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each report looks at a country’s pre-pandemic preparedness, then presents the strategy that was implemented—including a detailed timeline of action—and an assessment of its performance.

We are living through a real-time natural experiment on a global scale. The differential performance of countries, cities and regions in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic is a live test of the effectiveness, capacity and legitimacy of governments, leaders and social contracts.

Steve Weber and Nils Gilman, Noema Magazine, Issue no. 1, Spring 2020


Case Study

COVID-19 Response - Case Studies of Four Countries

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