Chapter 10 Public leadership of Covid-19: documentary analysis of the role of the Mayor's Office in shaping policy responses in Bogotá, Colombia
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Covid-19 has had a damaging health and economic impact on Colombia, an upper middle-income country in Latin America. In the complex discourse surrounding Covid-19, the voice of the mayor's office in Bogotá, the capital city, has been a prominent one that has often conflicted with that of national government. This chapter analyses the decisions that the mayor's office took during the first 17 months of the pandemic. We investigated the politics, decrees, news, and discourses surrounding implementation measures taken in response to the pandemic and set these against the confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Bogotá. The visible and challenging political leadership exercised by the mayor's office raises interesting questions concerning the place of public interest in decision-making around a critical policy domain. It suggests the need to define the public interest in pluralistic terms, as health, economic and other interests all appeared influential in the mayor's responses to the pandemic.

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