Throughout history, economic crises, wars and pandemics have exposed social inequalities. The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the greatest challenges facing society in generations. As the public sector takes the initiative to respond to mitigate, and help resolve the crisis, we become aware of the fundamental importance of the role of an effective state. The purpose of this study is to provide a response, by way of reflections, on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on Latin American public governance and to allow conclusions to be projected towards the new post-COVID-19 normality. First, an analysis of the current panorama is carried out, to then determine 4 challenges that Latin American governments are facing: the expansion of telework and technology; the weakness of the state and administrative fragmentation; the increase in social inequalities; and finally, the impact of globalization and the world order in LAC. Finally, the research presents provisional conclusions in this initial stage based on the challenges considered.
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