COVID-19, Public Policy, and Public Choice Theory
By Panagiotis Karadimas
This article appeared in the Fall 2022 issue of The Independent Review.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, public policy was not driven by findings from public health research, but by politicians desire to pursue their own interests. The media and politicians inflamed mass hysteria and then imposed ill-considered lockdowns to solve the problem. Lockdowns not only failed to protect those at risk from the virus, but also caused enormous collateral damage. Public choice theory helps explaining this decision-making.
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