Florida as a COVID-19 Epicenter: Exploring the Role of Institutions in the State's Response
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This case study explores Florida's emergency management response during the COVID-19 pandemic. Utilizing the Institutional Analysis and Development Framework and transboundary crisis literature, this article identifies how state attributes, institutions, multi-sector stakeholders, and their interactions may have influenced the state's response to the pandemic. Findings from the content analyses of government policies, documents, and news reports indicate that some aspects of Florida's response were politically motivated, inflexible, and driven by a small circle of advisors, often ignoring expert opinions and the needs of uniquely vulnerable populations. Furthermore, the findings indicate that public health departments had sidelined locally-controlled emergency management departments. This research offers insight into effective decision-making practices during the response phase of a pandemic and contributes knowledge to the literature in emergency management and public administration focusing on transboundary crises.
Witkowski, Kaila; Ganapati, N. Emel; Jungwon, Yeo; and Belligoni, Sara, "Florida as a COVID-19 Epicenter: Exploring the Role of Institutions in the State's Response" (2021). Coronavirus Research at FIU. 88.