Solving the collective action problem: New Zealand, Taiwan and the COVID-19 battle (2020)
How have NZ and Taiwan been able to manage the COVID-19 crisis while others have done poorly? In this paper, I argue that the adroit pandemic crisis response and management of Taiwan and New Zealand can be attributed to two critical factors – political leadership and political communication. I offer a theoretical framework based on issue definition suggesting that leadership’s ability to move and control the rhetoric by contracting the issue space and its effective communication of the preferred narrative are significant factors in these two countries’ effective pandemic response.
CitationTan A (2020). Solving the collective action problem: New Zealand, Taiwan and the COVID-19 battle. Taiwan Journal of Democracy. 16(2). 79-99.
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KeywordsCOVID-19 pandemic; New Zealand; Taiwan; issue definition; issue contraction; public health strategy; political leadership; political communication
ANZSRC Fields of Research44 - Human society::4408 - Political science::440809 - New Zealand government and politics
44 - Human society::4408 - Political science::440803 - Comparative government and politics
44 - Human society::4407 - Policy and administration::440701 - Communications and media policy
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