Network dynamics of the pandemic shock: Three network shifts and why they matter

Brief #9

Version Number: 1.0

January 11, 2021

Jinelle Piereder

Doctoral Researcher at the Cascade Institute

This Brief analyzes three major shifts in humanity’s networks that the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered or accelerated: (1) network centralization, (2) network fragmentation and reconfiguration, and (3) network formation. It then examines the impact of these shifts across economic, food, information, and governance systems.

1 thought on “Network dynamics of the pandemic shock: Three network shifts and why they matter”

  1. The broader theme tacit in this Brief – i.e., endogenous dynamic alteration of the nature of networks – is very important, both theoretically and practically, and far too little appreciated.

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