Call for Papers: Fiscal Governance and the Covid Pandemic: Impacts, Responses, and Prospects

Call for proposals: Special Issue on “Fiscal Governance and the Covid Pandemic: Impacts, Responses, and Prospects”

Call for Papers:

Fiscal Governance and the Covid Pandemic: Impacts, Responses, and Prospects

Guest Editors

Mark Robbins, University of Connecticut, United States,

Ping Zhang, FFiscal governance and the Covid Pandemic: Impacts, Responses, and Prospectsudan University, China,

Tima Moldogazíev, Pennsylvania State University, United States,

Proposal submission deadline1 April, 2023

Full paper deadline: 1 December, 2023

Aims and Scope

Covid-19 is a global public health pandemic influencing governance in various ways (Peters 2021). For sovereign governments around the globe it has also been a fiscal calamity. A shock in expenditure need has accompanied concurrent revenue declines and a global recession. Governments responded with a broad set of efforts including emergency support to individuals and firms in addition to public health spending. Fiscal policies need to be delivered in a “timely, targeted, and temporary” manner in order to effectively deal with the crises (Gramlich 1999). The COVID-19 economic downturn impose challenges to many countries’ political and institutional systems and their economic capacities (Lips & Eppel 2022). The crisis highlights the significant role of national fiscal policies in employment, living standards, social equity and economic development (Cottarelli et al. 2014). Well-designed fiscal policies play a critical role in responding to the COVID-19 crisis and in limiting the economic hardship caused by the direct effects of containment and mitigation measures (e.g., OECD 2020; IMF 2021; Chen et al. 2021; World Bank, 2021). The policy responses of sovereign governments are constrained by many contextual factors, such as the ability to pay off debt obligations, political regimes, and the quality of budgetary institutions (Gollwitzer and Quintyn 2010; Guerguil et al. 2014). Due to the influences of economic cycles and fiscal crises, the fiscal health of governments has been increasingly important for the government operation and financial management across countries. A clear and comprehensive understanding of fiscal governance can help policymakers mitigate potential risks and avoid fiscal crisis. How are government revenues and expenditures responding as the pandemic moves from an acute to a chronic crisis? How are governments adjusting? This special issue of Global Public Policy and Governance seeks to increase knowledge about the responses of governments facing this new reality. Papers addressing fiscal and budgetary impacts in specific nations are welcome. Papers looking at responses across governments would also fit well. There is also room here for contributions that examine more closely particular programmatic areas for pandemic impacts and responses (for example anti-poverty efforts or credit access programs).

The special issue may cover the following and even broader topics:

The editors seek to assemble a special issue that will provide insights into the many ways that the management of the financial affairs of governments has been ephemerally or structurally altered during this time period. Papers that fit in one or more of the following themes are enthusiastically encouraged specifically as they relate to the Covid-19 era:

- Enduring budgetary impacts on sovereign governments

- Economic impacts and responses

- Sovereign debt and credit risk

- Comparative analysis of fiscal responses 

- Specific pragmatic impact (i.e., public health expenditures, anti-poverty programs)

- Fiscal transparency and anti-corruption efforts

- Government revenue sources and burden shifts

- Innovative responses to fiscal crisis management

Submission Instructions

Proposals (500-600 words) should be submitted to Ping Zhang ( 1 April, 2023.

Proposals should comprise the working title of the paper, research questions, methodology, and initially expected findings. Follow-up responses will be emailed to proposal authors.

Authors of accepted proposals will be invited to submit full draft papers to Mark Robbins ( by 1 December, 2023. The drafts will be assessed and commented on by the editors, then revised papers will be submitted to the journal for double-blind peer review. Papers submitted to Global Public Policy and Governance shall apply an APA referencing style and have a length less than 10,000 words including everything.

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines of the journal. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct thematic series please select the appropriate thematic series in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of “Fiscal Governance and the Covid Pandemic: Impacts, Responses, and Prospects" All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.

Accepted papers may be published in summer/fall 2024.

Reviewers should follow Springer Nature’s and the journal’s more detailed Peer-Review Policy.

Further Information

Questions may be addressed by email to any of the guest editors or


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Gollwitzer, S. and M. M. Quintyn. 2010. “The Effectiveness of Macroeconomic Commitment in Weak (er) Institutional Environments.” International Monetary Fund 2010(193).

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