LOCAL SELF-GOVERNMENT IN A CRISIS CAUSED BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: THE CASE OF SERBIA

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Samed Karovic
Sinisa Domazet
Jelena Jesic

Abstract

This research examined whether there is an elaborate system of protocols, protection, and prevention in place at the local self-government level in the event of a crisis caused by an epidemic or pandemic. The core idea of this paper was to evaluate the protocol's effectiveness at the local self-government. Analysis was conducted using responses of 16 local self-government authorities. During a crisis caused by an epidemic/a pandemic of infectious illnesses, surveys were done as a cross-section documenting and detecting the current state of local self-government functioning. Methods used in the study are defining the objectives of the research, conceptualization, analysis of legal regulations, economic analysis, and decomposition of the problem. Key results and arguments of this paper expanded existing research thus there are only certain empirical data from areas that have been affected by the infectious disease caused by the epidemic/pandemic. Data was collected, processed, and systematized to serve in model formulation. As a brief conclusion, this study suggested protocol effectiveness at the local self-government level representing the idea that emergency and crisis management should be organized to preserve the health and livelihood of the population in the area affected by the pandemic of infectious diseases and thus enable the functioning of economic activities and society as a whole.

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Karovic, S. ., Domazet, S. ., & Jesic, J. . (2022). LOCAL SELF-GOVERNMENT IN A CRISIS CAUSED BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: THE CASE OF SERBIA. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs, 8(1), 21-33. https://doi.org/10.47305/JLIA2281021k
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Samed Karovic, Educons University - Novi Sad, Republic of Serbia

Dr. Samed M. Karovic received his master's and doctoral degrees (military management) from the Military Academy of the University of Defense in Belgrade in 2003 and 2007. He is a full professor at the Faculty of Security Studies and Vice-Rector for Quality at EDUCONS University in Sremska Kamenica, Serbia. He has published more than 100 scientific papers in conferences and journals. His research activity and interest are focused on the management of military-organizational systems, security management, risk management, security in emergency situations, and the methodology of scientific research.

Sinisa Domazet, Educons University - Novi Sad, Republic of Serbia

Sinisa Domazet is an associate professor at the Faculty of security studies (Educons University, Serbia), with the main interest in Law of data privacy, cyber security, and emergency situations. The author has published several papers in scientific journals and domestic and international conferences related to data privacy, data protection in cyberspace, high-tech crime, and emergency situations. The main areas of interest of the author relate to legal regulations related to emergencies, the law of information technology, as well as the protection of personal data. The author was the coordinator or member of several projects, the most significant of which are: Model of functioning of local self-government in terms of infectious disease (coordinator), ERASMUS +: Improving Academic and Professional Education Capacity in Serbia in the area of Safety & Security (by means of a strategic partnership with the EU) / ImprESS, Model of functioning of local self-government in emergency situations (in case of floods), Factors of re-socialization of convicts as members of vulnerable social groups and their inclusion into contemporary society (coordinator), Emergencies as the factor endangering competitiveness of Vojvodina economy (coordinator), European integrations and social and economic changes in Serbian economy on the way to the EU. He speaks English.

Jelena Jesic, Educons University - Novi Sad, Republic of Serbia

Jelena Jesic is assistant professor at Faculty of Business Economy – Educons University in Sremska Kamenica, Novi Sad, Republic of Serbia. After finishing undergraduate, master and PhD studies at Faculty of Business Economy, Educons University, Jesic continued with scientific research work in the field of: Business economics -academic entrepreneurship, knowledge management, business finance, strategic management; local economic development, management of local self-governments, intellectual capital, innovation systems, eco-innovations. Jesic was 2 years employed as a teaching associate at the Faculty of Business Economy and 8 years as teaching assistantin course: Entrepreneurship, Business Economics withbasics of microeconomics, Small Business Development Management. From academic2016/17. year elected Jesic is elected assistant professor for courses Knowledge Management and Corporate Management. Author of numerous scientific papers and team member of several scientific project.