Lars Jonung, 18 June 2020

The Swedish policy response to Covid-19 is exceptional by international comparison. This column explains how the approach is decided by three articles in the Swedish constitution. The first guarantees the freedom of movement for Swedish citizens, ruling out nationwide lockdowns. The second establishes unique independence for public agencies, allowing them to design the policy response to the pandemic. The third grants exceptional powers to local government. In addition, the Swedish approach is fostered by strong trust in the government.

Thorsten Beck, Wolf Wagner, 24 April 2020

While COVID-19 is a global pandemic, the policy responses so far have been almost exclusively national. This column uses a theoretical model to analyse national containment policies in an integrated world. The findings suggest that the first-best solution is global coordination on public health responses, including domestic containment policies. In the absence of ability to coordinate on the global level, regional coordination is called for.

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