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Tomas Bergström

Tomas Bergström

Docent | Universitetslektor

Tomas Bergström

Between lockdown and calm down. Comparing the COVID-19 responses of Norway and Sweden

Författare

  • Jostein Askim
  • Tomas Bergström

Summary, in English

This article studies the difference in the government response to COVID-19 in Norway and Sweden drawing upon theories of agenda setting, crisis management and multi-level governance. Despite having virtually identical systems of government and, initially, facing similar infection threats, Sweden opted for far less strict countermeasures than Norway. While Norway’s government response was similar to that of many European countries, Sweden received international attention for choosing befuddlingly soft measures, mostly recommendations and guidelines. This divergence is discussed vis-à-vis the multiple streams lens of agenda setting theory, highlighting differences in institutional and organisational legacies (e.g., the autonomy of government agencies) and intergovernmental relations (e.g., whether infectious disease expertise and authority is located at the local level).

Avdelning/ar

  • Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

Publiceringsår

2021

Språk

Engelska

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Local Government Studies

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

Taylor & Francis

Ämne

  • Economics and Business
  • Political Science

Nyckelord

  • autonomy
  • COVID-19
  • expertise
  • intergovernmental relations
  • local governments
  • multiple streams
  • norway
  • sweden

Status

Epub

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 0300-3930