Greg McCarthy

COVID-19: China, COVID-19 and public policy

Monday, 20 April 2020

COVID-19: Comparing jurisdictions - opportunities for policy borrowing?

China, COVID-19 and Public Policy

Greg McCarthy


Greg McCarthy examines what happened in China as the COVID-19 pandemic emerged and was contained – what does the nation’s response tell us about China itself, and what we can learn from it in public-policy terms? 

Professor Shamit Saggar

COVID-19: Does policy borrowing make sense during an international public health crisis?

Monday, 20 April 2020

COVID-19: Comparing jurisdictions - opportunities for policy borrowing?

Does policy borrowing make sense during an international public health crisis?

Shamit Saggar


A global pandemic presents a unique public policy challenge, not only for its calamity and complexity, but because it is faced by virtually every jurisdiction. Shamit Saggar outlines what makes for successful policy borrowing and how different countries and states can learn from each other in a time of crisis.

Jessica Shaw

COVID-19: Black Swans? Leveraging Western Australia’s public and private sector capacity in a post-COVID-19 world

Monday, 20 April 2020

COVID-19: Comparing jurisdictions - opportunities for policy borrowing?

Black Swans? Leveraging Western Australia’s public and private sector capacity in a post-COVID-19 world

Jessica Shaw MLA


It seems almost trite to observe that the COVID-19 pandemic is the most profound and enduring disruption to our society and economy since the Second World War. Many describe the emergence of COVID-19 as a ‘Black Swan’ event – something unexpected and of enormous magnitude and consequence, likely to completely reshape our society. While challenges undeniably lie ahead, Jessica Shaw MLA, argues that Western Australia, the Black Swan state, is well positioned for recovery, relative to other Australian states. 

Michael Schaper

COVID-19: Small island, big island: Singapore and Australia compared

Monday, 20 April 2020

COVID-19: Comparing jurisdictions - opportunities for policy borrowing?

Small island, big island: Singapore and Australia compared

Michael Schaper


Singapore has been a source of inspiration for Australia’s COVID-19 response in many ways. Michael Schaper takes a closer look at the island state’s strategies in its battle against the virus and which policy elements are worth learning from.

Adam Hannah

COVID-19: Policy ‘borrowing’ among the states

Monday, 20 April 2020

COVID-19: Comparing jurisdictions - opportunities for policy borrowing?

Policy ‘borrowing’ among the states

Adam Hannah


Adam Hannah highlights the opportunities and risks of policy borrowing across different Australian jurisdictions in tackling the COVID-19 crisis, drawing on the example of rental assistance packages offered in different states. 

Srinivas Goli

COVID-19: The Indian COVID-19 episode: Unprepared lockdown and its impact

Monday, 20 April 2020

COVID-19: Comparing jurisdictions - opportunities for policy borrowing?

The Indian COVID-19 episode: Unprepared lockdown and its impact

Srinivas Goli


The hasty implementation of the lockdown in India proves to be late, underprepared and ill-designed. Srinivas Goli highlights some of the unique challenges the country faces in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 due to its demographic, pre-existing public health concerns and underfunded health and education systems.

Patrick Diamond

COVID-19: Policy learning in a pandemic: The UK perspective

Monday, 20 April 2020

COVID-19: Comparing jurisdictions - opportunities for policy borrowing?

Policy learning in a pandemic: The UK perspective

Patrick Diamond


Patrick Diamond dissects the UK’s response to the COVID-19 crisis so far and how it has been determined by a number of underlying weaknesses within its policy-making systems – among other things, the British Government’s reluctant attitude towards policy learning and borrowing.

Shamit Saggar

Literature and Politics: Using literary perspectives sensitively to inform public policy

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Literature and Politics

Using literary perspectives sensitively to inform public policy

Shamit Saggar


Shamit Saggar suggests that, by giving insights into aspects of the human experience that escape empirical data collection, literature could close the knowledge gaps preventing public policy from effectively addressing the trickiest challenges of our time.

Robert Wood

Literature and Politics: The House of Representation

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Literature and Politics

The House of Representation

Robert Wood


Robert Wood invites us to think about the value literature and storytelling can add to the expression of true representation, by giving voice to those who may otherwise be un- or under-represented, and in turn supporting better public policy. 

Krishna Sen

Literature and Politics: Policy and story in a time of contagion

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Literature and Politics

Policy and story in a time of contagion

Krishna Sen


Krishna Sen takes a closer look at the role of literature in times of crisis: how it compares to and complements public policy interventions, and how it will ultimately help us to not only survive, but to express our humanity through the current pandemic.