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Political Institutions and The Corona Pandemic: Evidence From the WHO Data Analysis

  • The Journal of Northeast Asia Research
  • Abbr : NEA
  • 2021, 36(1), pp.5-37
  • DOI : 10.18013/jnar.2021.36.1.001
  • Publisher : The Institute for Northeast Asia Research
  • Research Area : Social Science > Political Science > International Politics > International Relations / Cooperation
  • Received : July 4, 2021
  • Accepted : August 16, 2021
  • Published : August 31, 2021

Yun, Sung Min 1 Young Hark Byun 2

1University of North Texas
2대구가톨릭대학교

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ABSTRACT

This research aims to analyze the relationships between political institutions and the pervasion of COVID-19. To proceed with empirical research, we set democracy, decentralization of local government, proportional representation, federalism, and bicameralism as independent variables. We employed OLS multiple linear regression based on the cumulative COVID-positive cases of 178 countries from 2020 to early 2021. The results shows that democracy, proportional representation, federalism, and bicameralism do not have statistical significance. We found strong evidence that the more a country is decentralized, the more cases of COVID-19 are expected. Regardless of many institutional advantages decentralization has, our research argues that more coordinated anti-pandemic policy process and measures between central and local governments will be encouraged.

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