Policy Brief #05: Local Public Services in Crisis Mode: Adapting Governance Models to Exceptional Times

Date of publication
Metropolis, UCLG and LSE
Metropolitan Governance
Public space
Type of resources
Policy Brief
This publication reviews the different impacts the pandemic has had across different sectors among metropolises and brings examples to explain what some cities have done during this time. By evaluating different cases from cities in Belgium, Colombia, and Spain, some useful lessons can be learned to face future challenges.

How to manage public services, such as education, healthcare, water and sanitation, during a crisis response is a subject in governance that is increasingly more important as the COVID-19 pandemic has stated, but also because of the new problems derived from the climate crisis. The focus on this investigation is on governance innovations, organisational responses and other developments already taking place on the ground.

This Policy Brief is part of the Emergency Governance Initiative (EGI) led by Metropolis, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Political Science. This initiative investigates the institutional dimensions of rapid and radical action in response to global emergencies.
Emergency Governance Initiative Policy Brief 05
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