Reference : Editorial: Small States and the ‘Corona Crisis’
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Law, criminology & political science : Political science, public administration & international relations
Sustainable Development
Editorial: Small States and the ‘Corona Crisis’
Högenauer, Anna-Lena mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Social Sciences (DSOC) >]
Sarapuu, Külli mailto [> >]
Trimikliniotis, Nicos mailto [> >]
Small States & Territories
[en] Covid-19 ; Corona ; small states ; shelter theory ; Luxembourg ; Malta ; Cyprus ; Iceland ; islands
Researchers ; Students ; General public
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While the COVID-19 pandemic has been a global problem, small states have faced
specific challenges related to their size. The economies of small states tend to be particularly
dependent on open borders and the free movement of people: either in the form of tourists or
because of mobile workers. The crisis disrupted established patterns in both of these spheres.
At the same time, small states also benefitted from advantages. Small size tends to be related
to higher social cohesion, flexible crisis management and easier tracking of infection chains.
Despite the diversity of small states, their situation in the ‘Corona crisis’ is expected to differ
from that of larger states. The aim of the section is to explore the small state governance of
COVID-19. The articles focus on the challenges and opportunities faced by small states. The
authors raise questions about the sustainability of economies with strong reliance on certain
sectors, and emphasize the importance of diversification and digitalisation.

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