Appropriate Governance Responses to Infectious Disease Threats: Developing Working Hypotheses

Patrick Kenis, Lianne G.C. Schol, Marleen M. Kraaij-Dirkzwager, Aura Timen

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    Infectious diseases remain a threat to public health in today's interconnected world. There is an ongoing debate on how responses to threats of infectious diseases can best be coordinated, and the field remains nascent in understanding which specific structural governance arrangement will perform best. The present paper contributes to this discussion by demonstrating that it is possible to develop working hypotheses specifying the relationship between the type of infectious disease crisis and type of response to the crisis. For type of crises and type of response mechanisms there is still a lack of research, but the hypothesis combining these two provide a perspective for a future research and action agenda. It certainly prevents us from choosing between schism or hypes when it comes to crisis response. It provides instruments to realize that no single type of response is the most effective and that not all responses are equally effective in a concrete case.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)275-293
    Number of pages19
    JournalRisk, Hazards and Crisis in Public Policy
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2019


    • Infectious Disease
    • Network Governance
    • Outbreak Management
    • Response
    • Typology of Threats


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