Call for COVID-19 Commentaries

In light of the Covid-19 Pandemic, Chinese Public Administration Review (CPAR) is calling for contributions to a special issue featuring Covid-19 commentaries from scholars and practitioners throughout the world. In particular, we are interested in commentaries that address such questions as:

·       What do state capacities mean in terms of Covid-19 responses?

·       Are state capacities more important factors than political governing systems in mitigating the crisis?

·       What does this Covid-19 pandemic inform us about decision-making under uncertainty? 

·       What impacts does pandemic management have on social equity?

·       How can governments tailor emergency management to the needs of diverse populations?

·       How can public administrators effectively gauge the needs for emergency preparation?

·       To what extent does intergovernmental collaboration play a role in a pandemic response?

·       How do public-private partnerships work in the collaborative governance scheme of emergency management?

·       How can central coordination be balanced with local innovation?

·       What factors contribute to early actions in pandemic prevention and mitigation?

·       What factors motivate public servants and citizens to speak up in alerting governments to a potentially devastating pandemic situation?

·       How can governments and stakeholders communicate effectively in a crisis management context?

·       How can individuals be motivated to act in the public interest in terms of pandemic management?

We expect that the December 2020 issue will be devoted to this topic. Submissions are encouraged on a priority review basis beginning now and through the summer. The length of a submission is no more than 5000 words, including references. CPAR editors will provide a rapid review process of 15 days for all commentaries related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Submissions should not have been published previously and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Please submit all manuscripts via If you are a new author, please register before submission. If you have any questions, please directly contact