Sweden’s constitution decides its exceptional Covid-19 policy

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Abstract

The Swedish policy response to Covid-19 is exceptional by international comparison. This column explains how the approach is decided by three articles in the Swedish constitution. The first guarantees the freedom of movement for Swedish citizens, ruling out nationwide lockdowns. The second establishes unique independence for public agencies, allowing them to design the policy response to the pandemic. The third grants exceptional powers to local government. In addition, the Swedish approach is fostered by strong trust in the government.

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  • Economics
Original languageSwedish
Publishervoxeu.org
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jun 18
Publication categoryPopular science
Peer-reviewedNo