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PANDEMIC GOVER NANCE Karen Yeung

Governing through a pandemic presents extraordinary challenges. It requires a complex blend of power, resources, expertise, leadership, and cooperation across society. Three tasks of particular importance are: devising a set of containment measures, continually gathering information about the impact of those measures and the needs and welfare of citizens over time, and determining which instruments to utilise. To date, the promulgation of lockdown orders and social distancing laws have been the most significant intervention, imposing extraordinary and unprecedented restrictions on the basic right to freedom of movement. Such measures can be understood as ‘social’ interventions because they rely critically on voluntary cooperation by the public. Even when mandated by law and backed by penalties for violation, the practical impossibility (at least in non-authoritarian states) of enforcing all infractions across a population means that it is not primarily a fear of the coercive power of the law that has been the primary motivation underpinning the compliant behaviour of citizens, but their willingness to ‘do their civic duty’ by choosing to comply with both the letter and spirit of the lockdown orders imposed upon them in the service of the greater good and the preservation of the lives of others.

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