New development: Administrative accountability and early responses during public health crises—lessons from Covid-19 in China

Xiaohu WANG, Hanyu XIAO, Bo YAN, Jingyuan XU

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Abstract

The administrative accountability system in China has evolved during public health crises. By holding public officials accountable, the system hopes to improve their performance during emergencies. However, Covid-19 exposed an unexpected effect of the system. Instead of incentivizing public officials to take responsibility, it may have discouraged them from making timely, but potentially risky, decisions. Based on a holistic case analysis of the early response in Wuhan city, the authors demonstrate the lessons learnt and a way to improve the system. The case adds to an increasing academic literature on responsible risk-taking behaviours and decisions under uncertainties, extending the academic discussion by providing the critical contextual information for such behaviours and decisions in China. Copyright © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-76
JournalPublic Money and Management
Volume41
Issue number1
Early online date21 Sep 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Citation

Wang, X., Xiao, H., Yan, B., & Xu, J. (2021). New development: Administrative accountability and early responses during public health crises—lessons from Covid-19 in China. Public Money and Management, 41(1), 73-76. doi: 10.1080/09540962.2020.1819012

Keywords

  • Administrative accountability system
  • China
  • Covid-19 response
  • Error-tolerance mechanism
  • SARS

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