State or Civil Society – What Matters in Fighting COVID-19? A Comparative Analysis of Hong Kong and Singapore

Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, Forthcoming

29 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2021

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Wilson Wong

Data Science and Policy Studies (DSPS), Faculty of Social Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Alfred M. Wu

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Date Written: September 14, 2021

Abstract

This article investigates the nuanced and disaggregated role of state and civil society in the fight against COVID-19 in Hong Kong and Singapore through a comparative policy study . Hong Kong and Singapore provide two contrasting cases of state-society interaction under the framework of Political Nexus Triads (PNT). Hong Kong is combating COVID-19 with more dependence on its civil society and bureaucrats while Singapore relies more on a politician-led state approach. They represent the diversity of state-society relations and multiple configurational causality in COVID-19 responses and question the efficacy of any single and contextless model.

Note: Funding: None to declare

Declaration of Interests: None to declare.

Keywords: COVID-19, Comparative Policy Analysis, Policy Capacity, Political Nexus Triads, State-Society Relations, Multiple Configurational Causality, Hong Kong, Singapore

JEL Classification: Z18, H40

Suggested Citation

Wong, Wilson and Wu, Alfred M., State or Civil Society – What Matters in Fighting COVID-19? A Comparative Analysis of Hong Kong and Singapore (September 14, 2021). Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, Forthcoming , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3923618 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3923618

Wilson Wong (Contact Author)

Data Science and Policy Studies (DSPS), Faculty of Social Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong ( email )

Shatin, NT
Hong Kong

Alfred M. Wu

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy ( email )

Singapore
Singapore

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