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Mutual Aid and Pandemic Response

How does self-governance work in the middle of a pandemic? In this video, Professor Mark Pennington discusses the role of mutual aid.

Our recent experience in the Covid-19 pandemic has introduced us to a serious collective action dilemma that arguably cannot easily be solved by self-governance mechanisms.

Economists might argue that unless governments institute lockdown measures, citizens will be tempted to free-ride by moving around in public spaces without caution, potentially endangering those around them. Granted this logic, is there any room left for self-governance responses to a pandemic? We explore the possibilities in this video.

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The Ideal of Self-Governance: Public Policy Beyond Markets and States

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