Authors: Thomas Lines
Addresses: Brighton, UK
Abstract: This essay discusses the British Government's policy for testing and tracing corona virus cases, as it evolved in England during 2020. A new centralised national system was created to be implemented by private companies under arrangements of patronage that were commercial in nature but not market-based. The merits and demerits of this approach are considered against a framework of three archetypal principles of economic organisation: democracy, authority, and exchange. The conclusions draw attention to the implications for wider economic theory regarding the efficiency of operations in this and similar spheres.
Keywords: corona virus; COVID-19; pandemic; public health; testing; tracing; outsourcing; economic organisation; markets; democracy; authority; exchange.
International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, 2021 Vol.12 No.1, pp.55 - 59
Received: 20 May 2021
Accepted: 20 May 2021
Published online: 04 Oct 2021 *