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WEBINAR – The Politics of Managing Covid-19 in China and India: a Comparison
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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?