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COVID-19 and Uncertain Intimacy

State–Society Relations in Urban China and Beyond

Jialing Luo

Wu describes as ‘a governable society’ ( 2002: 1080 ). This phenomenon, viewed from the West, would be understood as intrusive and authoritarian. Yet it would be simplistic to suggest that organisations like the Residents’ Committees would be largely

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Protesting in Pandemic Times

COVID-19, Public Health, and Black Lives Matter

Binoy Kampmark

authoritarianism—compulsory vaccination programs, quarantine measures, and health surveillance designed to control disease transmission—which gave birth to its own rash of protests. In the 1890s, Milwaukee in Wisconsin saw the breaking out of riots from the largely

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Alone Together

Intimacy and Semi-Mobility during Ho Chi Minh City's Lockdown

Van Minh Nguyen

. Rydstrøm , (eds) ( 2004 ), Gender Practices in Contemporary Vietnam ( Singapore : Singapore University Press ). Earl , C. ( 2020 ), ‘ Living with Authoritarianism: Ho Chi Minh City during COVID-19 Lockdown ’, City & Society 32 , no. 1 , doi: 10

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Andrew Dawson

dangerous hedonism. Likewise, it took place at the moment when the reason and democratic ethos that I had also been schooled into believing were intrinsic to Britishness appeared to be undermined by wartime nostalgia and authoritarianism (especially in the

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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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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