Myers (Indiana State Univ.) tackles an enormously important question in this book: how do partisan politics in the US affect funding for response to and mitigation of public health emergencies? This exploration is pursued in detail through eight chapters, each of which concludes with a brief bullet-point summary entitled "Key Points from the Chapter." These summaries serve to reinforce the concepts and ideas presented in each chapter. In the central chapters, Myers employs a case study approach to the 2015–16 Zika virus epidemic to formulate his argument and provide evidence for its support. An important aspect of the text is that the focus does not remain on one level of government. Polarization and response are examined at the local, state, and federal levels, thoroughly exposing the complexity of public health emergencies as experienced within the constraints imposed by the US system of federalism, from "congressional dysfunction" (examined in chapter 3) to how local response to the Zika outbreak was affected by preexisting funding constraints (discussed in chapter 7). This versatile book could be useful to undergraduate and graduate students in courses on political science, public administration, policy studies, public health, emergency management, and in many other fields. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers.
5/18/2021: PA Times, a publication of the ASPA (American Society for Public Administration) published a piece by author Nathan Myers, titled “The United States Must Improve Biosurveillance to Answer COVID-19 Questions and Avoid Future Catastrophes.” Link: https://patimes.org/united-states-must-improve-biosurveillance-to-answer-covid-19-questions-and-avoid-future-catastrophes/