The Lives or Livelihoods? The Coronavirus Dilemma for Administrations

Author Name: Dr. Usman W Chohan      07 May 2020     Government & Politics

 

Available at SSRNhttps://ssrn.com/abstract=3584726 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3584726

 

Abstract

The Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has fomented a moral crisis for administrations struggling to choose between “lives” and “livelihoods”, i.e. between mitigating the public health fallout and averting an economic depression. The challenge is being met, and public value trade-off addressed, using a variety of approaches across countries. This working paper draws attention to this dilemma of lives v. livelihoods, arguing that attitudinal, developmental, and structural factors weight down upon the administrative praxis of maintaining two conflicting opposed public values.

 

Keywords: coronavirus, covid19, pandemic, economics, crisis, public value

Suggested Citation:

Chohan, Usman W., The Lives or Livelihoods? The Coronavirus Dilemma for Administrations (April 24, 2020). CASS Working Papers on Economics & National Affairs 2020 .