The Politics of Pandemic Information and Health Emergency Decision-making: Lessons and Prospects

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong
168 Victoria Road
Mount Davis, Hong Kong Island
Hong Kong SAR


The COVID-19 pandemic is a generation-defining event of global significance. In this talk, Dali L. Yang, the William C. Reavis Professor of Political Science at The University of Chicago, draws on his recent book on China's emergency response to the COVID-19 outbreak to examine the factors that have affected health emergency decision-making and hence the scale and scope of the outbreak. The focus of the study is on how epidemic information was processed or ignored, the cognitive framework that limited understanding of the virus's contagiousness and affected the quality of decisions, as well as the lessons to be drawn and prospects for reforms and capacity enhancement.


Dali Yang
William Claude Reavis Professor
Department of Political Science
The University of Chicago 

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6:30 – 8:00 pm   Talk by Professor Dali Yang
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