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COVID-19 and public-sector capacity

This working paper by Professor Mariana Mazzucato and Professor Rainer Kattel argues that to govern a pandemic, governments require dynamic capabilities and capacity — too often missing.

IIPP WP 2020-12 COVID-19 and public sector capacity

29 September 2020

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UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) Working Paper Series: IIPP WP 2020-12

This working paper was also published as a journal article in Oxford Review of Economic Policy.

Journal article reference

Mazzucato, M., Kattel, R., (2020) “COVID-19 and public-sector capacity”, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Vol 36 (1), 256–269, https://doi.org/10.1093/oxrep/graa031​​​​​​​

Authors

  • Mariana Mazzucato | Director, Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value, UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose
  • Rainer Kattel | Deputy Director, Professor of Innovation and Public Governance, UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

Reference

Mazzucato, M. and Kattel, R. (2020). COVID-19 and public-sector capacity. UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, Working Paper Series (IIPP WP 2020-12). Available at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/public-purpose/wp2020-12

Abstract

The paper argues that to govern a pandemic, governments require dynamic capabilities and capacity — too often missing. These include capacity to adapt and learn; capacity to align public services and citizen needs; capacity to govern resilient production systems; and capacity to govern data and digital platforms.