Governance, democracy and ethics in crisis-decision-making

The pandemic and beyond

Edited by Caroline Redhead and Melanie Smallman

Governance, democracy and ethics in crisis-decision-making
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  • ISBN: 9781526180049
  • Publish Date: May 2024
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-8004-9
    • Pages: 240
    • Price: £40.00
    • Published Date: May 2024


    This book is a powerful addition to a developing literature informed by arts and humanities research carried out during the COVID-19 pandemic. Investigating the impacts of crisis governance and decision-making on people and populations, the book brings together microbial organisms and humans, children and data, decision-making and infection prevention, publics and process, global vaccine distribution and citizens' juries. Through its eight chapters, the book stimulates broadly-drawn discussions about exceptional executive powers in an emergency, the role of trust, and the importance of the principles of good governance - such as selflessness, ethics, integrity, accountability and honesty in leadership. The lessons drawn out in this book will support future decision-makers in both ordinary times and extra-ordinary emergencies.


    Introduction - Melanie Smallman and Caroline Redhead
    1 The epidemic as a life event: Epidemicity and epidemic form - Lina Minou, James Wilson and Daniel Herron
    2 Relationships were a casualty when pandemic ethics and everyday clinical ethics collided - Caroline Redhead, Anna Chiumento, Sara Fovargue, Heather Draper and Lucy Frith
    3 Evaluating post-pandemic plans for social care data infrastructures - Cian O'Donovan
    4 Data ethics in an emergency - Melanie Smallman, Cian O'Donovan, James Wilson and Jack Hume
    5 Data-driven decision-making beyond COVID-19: Incorporating the voice of the child - Claire Bessant and Rachel Allsopp
    6 Where are publics in pandemic public policy? - Jamie Webb and Kiran Kaur Manku FRSA
    7 From a crisis of confidence towards confidence in a crisis: What can we learn about the pandemic's impact on democracy? - Reema Patel
    8 Accountability, transparency, and good governance: The WHO's decision making during an emergency - Harry Upton, Abbie-Rose Hampton and Mark Eccleston-Turner


    Caroline Redhead is a non-practising solicitor and a Research Fellow in the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy at The University of Manchester.
    Melanie Smallman is Associate Professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at University College London.

    Governance, democracy and ethics in crisis-decision-making

    Edited by Caroline Redhead, Melanie Smallman

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