Five Lessons for Democracy From the Covid-19 Pandemic: An international evaluation of democracy in crises

Jean-Paul Gagnon, Rikki J. Dean, Afsoun Afsahi, Emily Beausoleil, Selen A. Ercan

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Abstract

Who could have guessed, even one year ago, that America’s postal service would be central to the US Presidential Election? That political party conventions would become online events? Or that protests could be suppressed in the name of biosecurity and protesters could be fined for not wearing face masks?

The COVID-19 pandemic has had myriad unpredictable impacts on democratic institutions around the world.

We need to understand these changes and how they impact the way we think about and enact democracy. But there have been few systematic attempts to examine the implications of the pandemic for democracy, beyond an overly simplistic concern about rising authoritarianism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-7
Number of pages7
Specialist publicationPublic Seminar
PublisherPublic Seminar (New School, New York)
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2020

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