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The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Central and Eastern Europe

The Rise of Autocracy and Democratic Resilience

Petra Guasti

transparency and perform oversight. Active civil society can mobilize to hold governments accountable. With this backdrop, this article looks at how the COVID-19 pandemic is fostering the rise of authoritarianism in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Four

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Lauri Rapeli and Inga Saikkonen

end of the Cold War and most formerly autocratic states adopted (at least de jure ) democratic institutions. Some of these new democracies have consolidated, but others have reverted to more authoritarian types of government. These autocratizing

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Latin America and COVID-19

Political Rights and Presidential Leadership to the Test

Brigitte Weiffen

their history of strong authoritarian leaders. After the demise of military dictatorships, Latin America continued to see democratic regimes in which presidents did their utmost to ensure that their powers remained unchecked by parliaments, courts, or

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Who Governs in Deep Crises?

The Case of Germany

Wolfgang Merkel

acceptance of restrictions on basic rights and existential economic losses exhibits subtle features of the “authoritarian personality” as described by Erich Fromm and later Theodor W. Adorno et al. (1950) for Germany, the US, and beyond. For at least two

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Democracy in a Global Emergency

Five Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic

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

governance have received little attention beyond a simplistic narrative of democratic erosion and authoritarian drift. Is COVID-19 an emergency for democracy, globally? And, what lessons does the pandemic hold for doing democratic governance in an emergency

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COVID and the Era of Emergencies

What Type of Freedom is at Stake?

Danielle Celermajer and Dalia Nassar

already become familiar in debates about environmental authoritarianism ( Beeson 2010 ), the situation is presented as a choice between democracy and security. Our concern here is not whether this frame correctly describes the situation, but with the

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Marcos S. Scauso, Garrett FitzGerald, Arlene B. Tickner, Navnita Chadha Behera, Chengxin Pan, Chih-yu Shih, and Kosuke Shimizu

also the main spring of continued epistemic violence, which, among other things, refuses to recognize the colonial “other” as a source of reliable knowledge in the fight against the virus. The initial focus of much Western media on China's authoritarian

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Peter Levine

people hunker down in narrow groups and resist cooperation at large scales? Will the crisis benefit incumbent authoritarian leaders in important countries, from China and India to Brazil and the United States, who defend closed borders and surveillance

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The Case of Germany

Civil Society and Civic Activism in the Pandemic

Susann Worschech

. 2021 . Die Demokratische Regression: Die Politischen Ursachen Des Autoritären Populismus [The democratic regression: The political causes of authoritarian populism]. Berlin : Suhrkamp . Simonson , J. , N. Kelle , C. Kausmann , and C

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The Case of India

A Moral Foundation for the Impact of COVID-19 on Health and Society in the World's Largest Democracy

Sony Pellissery, Vijay Paul, Khushi Srivastava, and Drishti Ranjan

Uttar Pradesh, and the local government sealed off the hospital. Though violence is in conflict with the rule of law principle, the MFT principle of liberty/oppression is essential for a society to establish itself as anti-authoritarian. Populist anger