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Local Self-Government and Governance During Covid-19 Pandemic in Slovakia


Year published: 2022
Categories: Book Chapter
URL Link: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-91112-6_19

Author / Authors:

  • Ján Buček


First Online: 04 May 2022
Part of the Local and Urban Governance book series (LUG)


The Covid-19 pandemic seriously affected the societies, economies and public sector operations in most of the countries. This is also the case in Slovakia. Although the first wave of the pandemic seemed less critical, the second wave was more devastating in terms of positive case number and the death rate. We identify the scope and timing of Covid-19 spread using health data, combined with related key central state anti-pandemic measures. Within a summary of the public health institutional framework, we focus on the increasing role of local self-government in this field and the retreat from a more centralist approach applied at the beginning of the pandemic. We document and evaluate the impact of Covid-19 on the local self-governmental operations and the most frequent measures adopted in selected cities. Besides directly assessing public health-related measures, we will pay attention to an assessment of the fiscal effects of Covid-19 on local self-government functioning, including the accompanying central–local fiscal relations. We document the rising role of local self-government in a set of measures such as micro-area quarantines, population-wide testing, locally initiated mass testing, and testing centres’ network. Finally, we evaluate the anti-pandemic effort in Slovakia from the governance perspective.

Cite this chapter
Buček, J. (2022). Local Self-Government and Governance During Covid-19 Pandemic in Slovakia. In: Nunes Silva, C. (eds) Local Government and the COVID-19 Pandemic. Local and Urban Governance. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-91112-6_19


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