Review: Loss and rebuilding of local government’s credibility in public emergencies —Take the COVID-19 epidemic as an example

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Review: Loss and rebuilding of local government’s credibility in public emergencies —Take the COVID-19 epidemic as an example

Review: Loss and rebuilding of local government’s credibility in public emergencies —Take the COVID-19 epidemic as an example

This conference proceeding offers suggestions for rebuilding government’s credibility if lost during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Government credibility and public emergencies influence each other. Government can gain credibility if it handles emergencies effectively, and government can also be a barrier to effectively handing emergencies in the public eye. During the COVID-19 outbreak, some local governments lost credibility because of inadequately judging the crisis, staff members not adhering to requirements, and not disseminating information in a timely manner. Therefore, to rebuild the credibility of the government, it is important to establish an efficient and sensitive crisis warning system, increase the sense of responsibility of government staff, and strengthen communication with the public. Information disclosure, in particular, helps the public understand facts about the pandemic and allows them to see positive actions of local government.

|2020-05-12T12:39:25-04:00May 12th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|0 Comments

About the Author: Maria Brann

Maria Brann
Dr. Maria Brann, PhD, MPH, is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and affiliate faculty with the Injury Control Research Center at West Virginia University. She explores the integration of health, interpersonal, and gender communication. Her translational focus and mixed methods approach are woven throughout her health vulnerabilities research, which advocates for more effective communication to improve people’s health and safety. Her primary research interests focus on the study of women’s and ethical issues in health communication contexts and promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors to improve personal and public health and safety. She researches communication at both the micro and macro levels and studies how communication influences relationships among individuals and with the social world.

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