Researching the politics of development
WEBINAR – The politics of managing Covid-19 in China and India: A comparison
Prerna Singh, Mahatma Gandhi Associate Professor of Political Science &
International Studies at Brown University, USA
Professor Yanzhong Huang, Director, Center for Global Health Studies
at Seton Hall, & Senior Fellow at the Council for Foreign Relations, USA
India and China have responded very differently to the lives and livelihoods threats created by Covid-19 and they have experienced very different outcomes. This webinar explores the different ways in which political factors have shaped policy responses to Covid-19 in China and India and the relationships between scientific/technical analysis of the ‘crisis’ and political forces. Can the different policy choices and outcomes be explained by broad-brush concepts, such as democracy and autocracy, or are the explanatory factors more nuanced and more deeply rooted in the specificities of domestic politics?