Social distancing and the role of local policies in Curitiba (Brazil): a preliminary analysis

Authors: Paulo Nascimento Neto*, Pontifica Universidade Catolica Do Parana (PUCPR)
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Latin America, Urban Geography
Keywords: Local government, social distancing, Advocacy Coalition Framework
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM
Room: Virtual 11
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The challenges posed by the Coronavirus pandemic have resulted in different responses around the world. In Brazil, the historical contradictions of its federalism model have become broader in the face of management mismatches between different levels of government. In opposition to the federal government negationist view and the absence of a clear policy at the national level, subnational governments began to implement diverse solutions, designed or adjusted locally. In this paper, the focus is on the implementation of social distance policies, carried out by Brazilian local governments. Methodologically, the theoretical model of the Advocacy Coalition Framework supports analysis, in particular, by the notions of policy subsystems and the role of technical-scientific knowledge in the validation of certain public policies. A case study was developed in Curitiba, articulating contagion data, and health authorities guidelines and standards, putting them in perspective with procedures and decisions taken by local authorities, investigating their effectiveness and contradictions in the face of a sanitary discourse.

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