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Pandemic management strategies and outcomes in Asian states

Call for papers for: Public Administration and Policy


Public Administration and Policy: An Asia-Pacific Journal Special Issue in 2023: Pandemic management strategies and outcomes in Asian states

Guest Editors: Ahmed Shafiqul Huque and Habib Zafarullah


The deadly COVID-19 virus appeared in late 2019, intensified in 2020, and continue to threaten humanity. Scant information on the origin and nature of the virus that affected countries and killed almost five million people across the globe caught the scientific community and governments unprepared and bewildered as they struggled to manage the crisis. It became imperative for scientists to develop and execute precise therapeutic approaches to restrain the ever-mutating virus by developing and making reliable vaccines available to citizens, framing appropriate evidence-based public health policies, responding to emergency situations in the form of restrictions and lockdowns, and coping with negative impacts on society and economy. The pandemic highlighted the importance of strategic planning and coordination in government and collaboration between the public and private sectors in responding to the challenge.

Papers are invited to explore and examine COVID-19 management strategies in Asian countries. These are expected to evaluate policies, strategies, implementation challenges, and outcomes, emphasising the pandemic’s impact on the lives of citizens based on hard evidence and substantiated by apposite theoretical/conceptual premises.

Suggested framework

1. A brief review of the literature on COVID-19 and pandemic management related research in the specific country/region/state.

2. An overview of the pandemic situation and the impacts on the economy and society in the specific country/region/state.

3. A critical analysis and evaluation of the COVID-19 policies, strategies, implementation challenges, and outcomes based on evidence with theoretical/conceptual frameworks.

4. Suggestions and recommendations of improvement in policies, strategies, practices and etc. in handling the pandemic.

5. The conclusion should assess how the experiences and knowledge of the specific cases will benefit the other countries/regions in pandemic management; what lessons to be learnt.

Guidelines for contributors

1. The length of each article is from 4,000 to 7,000 words, including structured abstract, tables, figures and references. The abstract has to be written within 250 words in four sub-sections: purpose, design/methodology/approach, findings, and originality/value.

2. Details of the manuscript requirements are available at:

3. Submission of manuscripts on the ScholarOne system with a copy to the guest editors ([email protected] and [email protected]).

Submission Deadline: 1 May 2022

Publication Date: February 2023