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Manuscript deadline
22 August 2020

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Journal of Asian Public Policy

Special Issue Editor(s)

Professor Xun Wu, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
[email protected]

Professor M. Jae Moon, Yonsei University
[email protected]

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Sustaining Asia’s development amid COVID-19 pandemic: crisis responses and policy options

COVID-19 pandemic has been threatening people in every country in Asia. India has been under the world’s biggest lockdown for its 1.4 billion people since March 25, 2020. Streets across many major cities in Asia are disserted, and business and factories are closed indefinitely. Even in China, where life starts to get back to normal as the virus outbreak is under control through the implementation of strict containment measures for months, there are looming threats of second and third waves of virus outbreak.

Crisis responses and policy options by Asian countries will have significant impacts on Asia’s development. For example, while the extended lockdowns can be effective in curtailing the spread of the virus, there can be devastating economic and social consequences for many developing countries in Asia where there are significant number of daily wage workers in urban areas. On the other hand, less extreme measures may lead to surge in infected cases that can not only collapse health system, but also result in political upheavals. There is a possibility that the COVID-19 can potentially wipe out much of the economic gains accumulated in Asia’s development during the last few decades.

While it might take years to fully assess the true impacts of COVID-19 pandemic, it is an urgent task to conduct rigorous analysis of the crisis responses, so that the governments can be better informed as they contemplate various policy options as uncertainty unfolds. The substantial variations in crisis responses and policy options across cities and countries in Asia provide unique opportunity not only to study critical choices confronting Asian countries, but also to advance theories and practices of policy-making and implementation amid global crises such as COVID-19 pandemic.

We aim to bring together rigorous analyses of crisis responses and policy options to COVID-19 pandemic among Asian countries. Potential topics may include the following:

  • Policy innovations under public health pandemic
  • Disruptive technologies and crisis management
  • Evidence-based risk communication
  • The role of non-government agencies
  • Public-private partnership as crisis response
  • Nudging and crisis responses
  • Regional and global collaboration

Both qualitative and quantitative papers are welcome, but all paper are expected to be based on rigorous empirical analysis.

The guest editors for the special issue are Professor M. Jae Moon of Yonsei University ([email protected]) and Professor Xun Wu of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology ([email protected]). We promise fast review process for papers submitted for the special issue. An online workshop will be conducted in July. The articles for special issues are expected to be published online as soon they are accepted for publication.

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Submission Instructions

The deadline for abstract submission is May 22nd, 2020. Abstracts should be submitted to Professor Xun Wu at [email protected] The abstract should provide a concise summary of the paper’s main arguments, including purpose, research questions, methods, data source (if applicable), and conclusions.


Indicative timeline:

Submission of abstract: 22 May 2020

Submission of full paper: 5 July 2020

Submission of final version of paper for review: 22 August 2020

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