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From Quick Wins to Significant Losses: Lithuania’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Management of the Crisis in 2020

Original title: Nuo greitų pergalių prie skaudžių pralaimėjimų: Lietuvos viešosios politikos atsakas į COVID-19 pandemiją ir šios krizės valdymas 2020 m.

Publishing date: 2021

Publisher: Vilnius University press

Language: Lithuanian

Pages: 424

 

Description:

The main purpose of this public policy study is to compare the response of Lithuania and other European Union (EU) member states to the COVID-19 pandemic in the fields of public health and economy, to assess its impact on public policy and management in Lithuania, as well as to provide evidence-based recommendations on how to react to similar crises in the future. The study examines the management of the COVID-19 crisis in Lithuania from the end of February 2020, when the coronavirus started to spread in Lithuania, to early December 2020, when the 2016-2020 Lithuanian government led by Prime Minister S. Skvernelis was replaced by the 2020-2024 government led by Prime Minister I. Šimonytė.

Due to the complex and complicated nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the analysis of public policy response and crisis management is based on an interdisciplinary approach. The analysis framework brings together independent variables (paradigms of response to the crisis, governance capacity and governance legitimacy, as well as the political context of the crisis) and intervening variables (the structure of crisis management and relationships among different stakeholders involved in the crisis) to explain the dependent variables of public policy response and effectiveness in crisis management. A theory-oriented version of causal process tracing is applied in order to test the causal mechanisms outlined in the theoretical approach. The analysis is based on empirical evidence, collected by analysing primary and secondary sources of information, as well as data obtained from semi-structured interviews with politicians, civil servants, experts, NGO representatives and other stakeholders.

The book is based on results of research project “Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Lithuania and other EU Member States: an Impact on Public Policy and the Management of the Emergency Situation“, which has received funding from the Research Council of Lithuania (LMTLT), agreement No S-COV-20-13.

Cite as: Bortkevičiūtė, R. et al. (2021) Nuo greitų pergalių prie skaudžių pralaimėjimų: Lietuvos viešosios politikos atsakas į COVID-19 pandemiją ir šios krizės valdymas 2020 m. Vilnius: Vilnius University press.

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