The Health System Response Monitor (HSRM) has been designed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak to collect and organize up-to-date information on how countries are responding to the crisis. It focuses primarily on the responses of health systems but also captures wider public health initiatives. This is a joint undertaking of the WHO Regional Office for Europe, the European Commission, and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.

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Governing in the COVID-19 pandemic: Centralization within and between governments

Tuesday 27 October 2020 from 12:00-13:00 CET

Successful responses to the COVID-19 pandemic require coordination within and across governments. Within governments, leaders centralised power early in the response, concentrating their authority. Even in federations, policy-making was temporarily centralised, with the central government taking more decisions than usual. Across governments, policy-makers initially adopted differing approaches to coordinating the pandemic response between central, regional, and local government. Now there seems to be less centralisation, particularly within those federations, and regional or local governments are more prominent. Will this be good enough to meet the current challenge? Join us in this webinar to learn more about governing in the COVID-19 pandemic and what lessons we might learn.


Scott L Greer, University of Michigan

Sarah Rozenblum, University of Michigan

Holly Jarman, University of Michigan


Matthias Wismar & Erica Richardson (European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies)

This webinar is part of a series of webinars which draws lessons from country experiences based on the COVID-19 Health System Response Monitor (HSRM). The HSRM has been delivered by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies as a joint undertaking with and for the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the European Commission.

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