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    Review of 'Policy learning from influenza and the preparedness of the public health sector: 2006/2007 influenza season in Latvia'

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    Policy learning from influenza and the preparedness of the public health sector: 2006/2007 influenza season in Latvia

    Due to globalization and continuous development and mutation and development of various pathogens, infectious diseases have transcended the public health sector and become issues of Global Public Health Security. Influenza – an infectious disease that is both a cyclical, yearly occurrence and the cause of several deadly global pandemics – regularly challenges the public health sector thus providing opportunities for policy learning and evidence bases policy change. By applying the Algorithm for continuous analysis of policy learning and change, this publication investigates whether and how policy learning and change took place in Latvia after the 2006/2007 influenza season, when a record number of infection cases was registered. Although the conclusions of this publication cannot be generalized, it provides valuable insights for future research, especially for the analysis of the management of the Covid-19 pandemic in Latvia.

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      influenza,emergency management,crisis management,policy making,policy learning

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      I enjoyed reading the article. This study of policy learning and policy changes leads to all kinds of problems and concerns related to modernisation and management processes in public administration, especially when it comes to the academic debate on values in different countries. I do believe that the author raises some interesting questions and issues which are relevant from real-world experience as well as from an academic point of view.

      The article is well structured and provides a  clear link between theoretical thoughts and empirical findings.  The presentation of the research methodology follows well international standards concerning the use of qualitative methods as well as the principle of document analysis.

      The overview of research results gives the reader a good opportunity to follow the author’s theoretical reasoning when describing and analysing the Latvian case.

      Based on my reading of the article,   I find the work overall carefully performed, the scientific discourse reflexive and grounded in firm empirical findings and experience. Thus, I strongly suggest publishing the article performed.



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