Introducing the Western Grouping

Michael Friederich Kluth*, Kennet Lynggaard, Mads Dagnis Jensen

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Several states in the Western grouping are affluent G7 members and some can claim to be ‘cradles of representative democracy’. Yet, it is also a diverse grouping reflected in very dissimilar welfare regimes, constitutional setups and legal traditions. But they all have well-endowed health systems with good access for the general public and moreover host a strong pharmaceutical industry. Three out of the four leading Western vaccines were accordingly developed in the grouping and vaccination rates have unsurprisingly been high. All countries in the grouping escaped permanent changes to their mode of governance and amply applied Treasurer in response to the crisis in comparable measure. Yet preferences for invoking authority by e.g., declaring a state of emergency clearly diverge as does the manner in which politicization and de-politicization has played out.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGovernments' Responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic in Europe : Navigating the Perfect Storm
EditorsKennet Lynggaard, Mads Dagnis Jensen, Michael Kluth
Number of pages9
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date2023
ISBN (Print)9783031141447
ISBN (Electronic)9783031141454
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Bibliographical note

Published online: 02 December 2022.


  • Covid-19 pandemic
  • Government responses
  • Comparative politics
  • European studies
  • Crisis management

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