Organization: European Scientific Journal
The special edition Public Policies in times of Pandemics constitutes a special anniversary edition of the European Scientific Journal (ESJ). The outbreak of the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus COVID-19, threatened the life and health of individuals and especially the vulnerable groups of the population. In the face of this threat, governments have designed and implemented public policies to halt the development of the pandemic and to adapt individuals to the new strict labor and social requirements. These policies have been implemented in a wide range of activities in the fields of health, economy, travel, research against the pandemic, public awareness as well as fight against misinformation and solidarity among states. These policies have been implemented with specific measures aimed at ensuring acceptable results in terms of epidemiological indicators. The modification of the process of providing health services by the primary and secondary units of the health sector, the restriction of the movement of the citizens, distance work, the modification of the budgets, the acceleration of the research for the forthcoming vaccine, the information provision and the treatment of the opposers’ movement, are some of the measures taken in accordance with the policies for the combat of the pandemic. The implementation of the measures that have been taken in accordance with the health policies has caused specific results in tackling the pandemic, but has also caused a wide range of potentially adverse effects on work and social activities.
The special edition intends to study in detail the public policies designed and implemented by governments to tackle the pandemic. In this context, it intends to study the history of these policies in similar cases, the discussion and decisions leading to these policies and the comparative study of these policies among different countries or groups of countries. Both the beneficial results of these policies as well as their side effects.
The methods that will be used in the papers of the special edition, can be extended in a wide range. The topics that will be studied and for which manuscripts will be submitted, indicative and not exhaustive can be the following:
1) Health policies employed by governments to face the pandemic.
2) Economic policies implemented by governments to address the particular economic conditions that occur under the influence of the pandemic.
3) Policies that affect the travel and movement of individuals (including refugee groups) to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
4) Policies that affect the work landscape (distance working, protection of special groups of the population) for the prevention of the coronavirus infection.
5) Health research policies as modified under the particular conditions created by the pandemic.
6) Information provision policies applied to inform the public and ensure that appropriate measures are taken to prevent the coronavirus.
7) What are the public policies during the pandemic and how are the procedures for their design and implementation modified.
8) Public policy analysis and pandemic conditions.
9) Policies to combat misinformation.
10) Policies for supranational (European or International) solidarity.