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Title: Singapore’s responses to the covid-19 outbreak : a critical assessment
Authors: Walid Jumblatt Abdullah
Kim, Soojin
Keywords: Social sciences::Political science::Public administration
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Walid Jumblatt Abdullah & Kim, S. (2020). Singapore’s responses to the covid-19 outbreak : a critical assessment. American Review of Public Administration, 50(6-7), 770-776.
Project: M4081744.100 
Journal: American Review of Public Administration 
Abstract: This article reviews how Singapore has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, from late-January to early May, 2020, through the three-phase approach to “learning”: in-between learning, trial-and-error learning, and contingency learning. Given its unique political system dominated by the People’s Action Party (PAP) and bureaucratic culture, the Singapore government has progressively implemented numerous control measures including strict travel bans, contact tracing, “Circuit Breaker,” compulsory mask-wearing, and social distancing policies, along with financial relief to businesses and workers, in a very top-down fashion. Although the health and treatment issues of foreign migrant workers in dormitories continue to be the subject of ongoing debate among many scholars, it should be noted that the mortality rate in Singapore still remains very low compared to that of many other countries. Singapore’s case points to an important lesson that learning-driven coordinated strategic approaches matter for effective crisis management in the long term.
ISSN: 0275-0740
DOI: 10.1177/0275074020942454
Rights: © 2020 The Author(s). All rights reserved.
Fulltext Permission: none
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