Joshua Posaner is a senior policy reporter at POLITICO Europe based in Berlin. In this role, he writes about mobility, energy and space affairs with an eye on general German politics.
Joshua studied at the University of Greenwich, School of Oriental and African Studies and University College London. He has a PhD in energy studies.
What has the pandemic shown us in terms of the capacities of cities in handling fast-changing and evolving crises? How did cities perform and how have their performances impacted the level of trust of people in their respective local institutions? What communication strategies are better suited for local governments and how do these foster trust in local institutions over national governments?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, local governments, municipalities, and cities were faced overnight with new challenges that had not occurred for several generations. While central governments had so far assumed the lion’s share of management responsibilities and governance, the pandemic highlighted central government shortfalls in dealing with local clusters of infections and a fast-evolving health crisis. In some places, this triggered a shift in population trust from central state authorities to local governments.