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31 December 2020
COVID-19 Dialogue Submissions
At this moment, people around the world are mobilizing to combat the fast-spreading COVID-19 virus. Government agencies at all levels have been called to mobilize emergency response efforts, and public servants, including doctors, nurses, teachers, first responders, and many more, have stepped to the frontlines. In Italy, the entire country went on lockdown after preventative measures were not put quickly in place. France experienced the same nationwide lockdown, in another example of centralized state power responding to the pandemic crisis. State and local officials are leading the charge as federal leadership appears focused on assigning blame and debating macro-economic recovery measures. In times like these, more than ever, we must depend on the public officials who are equipped to respond to this pandemic with measures grounded in tested emergency management procedures.
On an individual level, people have been told to self-quarantine for the greater good, but as reflected in people packing beaches, restaurants and bars, and even national press conference stages, there is a seeming empathy deficit in the midst of crisis. Public values and personal values might be creating tension. People, too, have become online educators, working parents with children at home, caregivers, and more.
This call for Dialogue section submissions invites essays and commentaries that reflect on various aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic response, which sees public servants stepping to the frontlines, despite years of reforms that bashed bureaucrats and forced agencies to do more with less. Our Dialogue section is meant to spur conversation via poignant essays, commentaries, or short research notes.
Submissions can consider the following, though other topics are assuredly welcome:
Rhetoric versus reality in pandemic/emergency response
- Empathy in times of crisis
- Public servants as heroes (thinking of Cooper’s theater metaphor)
- Effects of New Public Management-like reforms on government and governance
- The limits of federalism
- Financial and tax implications of pandemic response
- Othering and the problems of xenophobia
- Social equity and social justice concerns related to emergency response
- Narratives, stories, and images in pandemic response
- Pedagogical disruptions and solutions
- Social equity and social justice concerns related to care and care giving
- Framing of and responses to social responsibility
- Global viewpoints
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Submissions should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words and follow the journal’s style. All submissions are peer reviewed following the journal’s standards. Please direct questions to editor-in-chief Dr. Staci Zavattaro ([email protected]). Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis, as accepted articles can be placed on EarlyView quickly.