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Covid-19 and Capitalism

Success and Failure of the Legal Methods for Dealing with a Pandemic

  • A detailed analysis of various sub-themes (e.g. monetary fiscal policy healthcare inequality)

  • A balanced explanation of why the Covid-19 policy has failed in Western countries

  • An overview of conceivable adjustments to the systems of the socio-economic order

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

Part of the book series: Economic and Financial Law & Policy – Shifting Insights & Values (EFLP, volume 7)

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Origin and Causes of Covid-19

    • Koen Byttebier
    Pages 1-26
  3. Initial (State) Response to Covid-19

    • Koen Byttebier
    Pages 27-239
  4. Fiscal Policy and State Aids

    • Koen Byttebier
    Pages 373-469
  5. General Healthcare

    • Koen Byttebier
    Pages 471-588
  6. Covid-19’s Impact on Labour

    • Koen Byttebier
    Pages 663-787
  7. Covid-19 and Schools

    • Koen Byttebier
    Pages 789-858
  8. Covid-19 Vaccines and Medicines

    • Koen Byttebier
    Pages 859-1029
  9. Covid-19 and Inequality

    • Koen Byttebier
    Pages 1031-1066
  10. Final Conclusions

    • Koen Byttebier
    Pages 1067-1092

About this book

This open access book provides a comprehensive analysis of the socioeconomic determinants of Covid-19. From the end of 2019 until presently, the world has been ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic. Although the cause of this is (obviously) a virus, the extent to which this virus spread, and therefore the number of infections and deaths, was largely determined by socio-economic factors. From this, it follows that the course of the pandemic varies greatly from one country to another. This observation applies both to countries’ resilience to such a pandemic (which is mainly rooted in the period preceding the outbreak of the virus) and to the way in which countries have reacted to the virus (including the political choices on how to respond). Meanwhile, research has made it clear that the nature of this response (e.g., elimination policy, mitigation policy, and proceeding herd immunity) was, on the one hand, strongly determined by political and ideological factors and, on the other hand, was highly influential in the factors of success or failure in combating the pandemic.

The book focuses on the situation in a number of Western regions (notably the USA, the UK, and the EU and its Member States). The author addresses the reasons why in many Western countries both pandemic prevention and response policies to Covid-19 have failed. The book concludes with recommendations concerning the rearrangement of the socio-economic order that could increase the resilience of (Western) societies against such pandemics.

Keywords

  • Covid-19
  • Socio-economic determinants of a pandemic
  • Covid-19 and socioeconomics
  • Public policy towards Covid-19
  • Capitalism and Covid-19
  • Open Access

Authors and Affiliations

  • Faculty of Law and Criminology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium

    Koen Byttebier

About the author

Koen Byttebier is a full-time professor of economic and financial law (VUB) and the promotor of the VUB Fund for Research about the values of the socioeconomic order. He has authored numerous journal articles and books.
His most recent publications to a large extent deal with the underlying ethics of the socio-economic order, with the most important ones being Towards a New International Monetary Order (Springer, 2017); The Unfree Market and the Law (Springer, 2018); The Tools of Law that Shape Capitalism (Springer, 2019); and How economics became the problem (2021; VUBPRESS).  Besides his academic activities, Koen Byttebier is also a lawyer at the Bar of Ghent.              

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)