"Where Should the Buck Stop? The Pros and Cons of Federalism in Public Health"
This webinar is presented as part of the 2020-2021 COMPAS Program on COVID-19.
In the absence of a coordinated national policy, the response to the COVID-19 pandemic has largely been handled by states and local governments, and has varied substantially from place to place. To what extent did the decentralization of our political system help or hinder the pandemic response?
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Donald F. Kettl (Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin)
Donald F. Kettl is the Sid Richardson Professor at the LBJ School, specializing in public management and public policy. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Volcker Alliance, the Brookings Institution and the Partnership for Public Service. He has received three lifetime achievement awards: the American Political Science Association's John Gaus Award, the Warner W. Stockberger Achievement Award of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources, and the Donald C. Stone Award of the American Society for Public Administration. He has twice won the Louis Brownlow Book Award of the National Academy of Public Administration, for The Transformation of Governance (2002) and System Under Stress: Homeland Security and American Politics (2005). His book Escaping Jurassic Government: How to Recover America's Lost Commitment to Competence, won the 2016 award for book of the year from the American Society for Public Administration.
Michelle Mello (Law & Medicine, Stanford University)
Michelle Mello is Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and Professor of Medicine in the Center for Health Policy/Primary Care and Outcomes Research in the Department of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. She conducts empirical research into issues at the intersection of law, ethics, and health policy. She is the author of nearly 200 articles and book chapters on medical liability, public health law, pharmaceuticals and vaccines, biomedical research ethics and governance, health information privacy, and other topics. The recipient of a number of awards for her research, Dr. Mello was elected to the National Academy of Medicine at the age of 40. From 2000 to 2014, she was a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she directed the School’s Program in Law and Public Health.