"The debate over whether autocracies or democracies are better at fighting epidemics is misguided. Under President Xi Jinping’s centralized command, his administration has both succeeded and failed at handling the COVID-19 crisis. While it effectively curbed infections within China after the virus had spread, it failed to stem the outbreak before it went global," wrote Yuen Yuen Ang, U-M associate professor of political science in a recent article for Nature Human Behaviour.
On China, Professor Ang's expertise lies in the economy, bureaucratic politics, adaptation within the party-state, corruption, and the nation’s growing role in international development.
An audio excerpt of her latest book, China's Gilded Age: The Paradox of Economic Boom and Vast Corruption, is available here.