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Epilogue: The American Political Economy Confronts COVID-19


Thelen,  Kathleen A.
Auswärtiges Wissenschaftliches Mitglied, MPI for the Study of Societies, Max Planck Society;
Massachusetts Institute of Technology;

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Hacker, J. S., Hertel-Fernandez, A., Pierson, P., & Thelen, K. A. (2021). Epilogue: The American Political Economy Confronts COVID-19. In J. S. Hacker, A. Hertel-Fernandez, P. Pierson, & K. A. Thelen (Eds.), The American Political Economy: Politics, Markets, and Power (pp. 407-418). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781009029841.015.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0009-7493-E
As this group met in Cambridge in late February 2020 to discuss revised chapters for this project, we did not know that a COVID-19 super-spreader event was unfolding less than three miles away – ironically, at the conference of a major bio-technology firm. By October, estimates suggested that the strains unleashed at that single event might have infected 300,000 Americans (Wines and Harmon 2020). Well before then, of course, it was clear that a world-historical calamity was unfolding before us.