This page contains ongoing work on coronavirus/ COVID-19 policy (mostly in the UK), including:

Initial Publications

    1. Christopher Weible, Daniel Nohrstedt, Paul Cairney, David Carter, Deserai Crow, Anna Durnová, Tanya Heikkila, Karin Ingold, Allan McConnell & Diane Stone (2020) ‘COVID-19 and the policy sciences: initial reactions and perspectives’, Policy Sciences
    2. Paul Cairney and Adam Wellstead (2020) ‘COVID-19: effective policymaking depends on trust in experts, politicians, and the public’, Policy Design and Practice (PDF)
    3. Paul Cairney (2020) ‘The UK Government’s COVID-19 policy: assessing evidence-informed policy analysis in real time’, British Politics, (PDF)
    4. Paul Cairney (2021) “The UK government’s COVID-19 policy: what does ‘guided by the science’ mean in practice?”, Frontiers in Political Sciencedoi: 10.3389/fpos.2021.624068 preprint
    5. Sean Kippin and Paul Cairney (2021) ‘The COVID-19 exams fiasco across the UK: four nations and two windows of opportunity’, British Politics, PDF Annex LSE blog 
    6. Sean Kippin and Paul Cairney (2022) ‘COVID-19 and the second exams fiasco across the UK: four nations trying to avoid immediate policy failure’, British Politics, forthcoming (Exams 2 Annex)
    7. Paul Cairney (2021) ‘Evidence-informed COVID-19 policy: what problem was the UK Government trying to solve?’ in (eds) John Bryson, Lauren Andres, Aksel Ersoy, and Louise Reardon Living with Pandemics: Places, People and Policy (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar) PDF PDF

Early monitoring of UK government policy

If you would like something shorter:

Key themes: the use of evidence, inequalities, trust

The COVID-19 exams crises (UK and devolved governments)

Sean Kippin and I have drafted a paper on the exams crises faced by the UK and devolved governments

Analysis of the UK Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE)

abstract 1st draft

Initially, I wrote up the SAGE notes (covering meetings from January to June 2020) as a series of blog posts below. I have drafted a more coherent paper here – more coherent paper – but it will change after peer review.

see also: The early minutes from NERVTAG (the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group)

Analysis of oral evidence to House of Commons select committees

This analysis will take a while, since a very large number of people gave oral evidence to a large number of committees. So far, I managed to analyse oral evidence to Health and Social Care up to June 2020.

COVID-19 policy in the UK: oral evidence to the Health and Social Care Committee (5th March- 3rd June 2020)

  1. The need to ramp up testing (for many purposes)
  2. The inadequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  3. Defining the policy problem: ‘herd immunity’, long term management, and the containability of COVID-19
  4. Uncertainty and hesitancy during initial UK coronavirus responses
  5. Confusion about the language of intervention and stages of intervention
  6. The relationship between science, science advice, and policy
  7. Lower profile changes to policy and practice
  8. Race, ethnicity, and the social determinants of health