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Latin America and COVID-19

Political Rights and Presidential Leadership to the Test

Brigitte Weiffen


Latin America was hit by COVID-19 in a moment of (socio-)economic distress and political unrest. This essay reflects on the immediate repercussions of the COVID-19 crisis for democracy in the region. It expounds how responding to the pandemic put to the test the still consolidating democracies with their long-standing defects in the areas of political and civil rights and horizontal accountability. In the course of coping with the crisis, it is precisely in these problem areas that additional risks for democracy have arisen due to infringements of political rights and the performance of presidents. Regarding the latter, the ambiguities of presidential leadership become particularly evident when comparing pragmatic and populist responses to the crisis.

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Lauri Rapeli and Inga Saikkonen

the electorate (on this, see, for example, Markowski and Tworzecki 2020 ; Svolik 2019 ). The grave public health and economic consequences of the pandemic may seriously dent the “performance legitimacy” of these regimes, and can undermine the regimes

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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

a situation in which relative government performance can be measured in such a visceral way as the graphs of excess deaths that the Financial Times or the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center have, for instance, updated daily throughout the

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Policing the French Empire

Colonial Law Enforcement and the Search for Racial-Territorial Hegemony

Samuel Kalman

généraux/political police, using bureaucratic methods and intelligence gathering, concerned from the 1920s onward by the growth of live performances and nationalist politics in equal measure. If these efforts ultimately failed, not least because of the lack

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Centralized or Decentralized

Which Governance Systems are Having a “Good” Pandemic?

Jennifer Gaskell and Gerry Stoker

the ground. Local authorities in England have through the austerity measures of the last decade lost a great deal of capacity. NHS bodies seemed tied up by a complex system that seems to discourage initiative in favor of regulation and performance

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Distributional Concept Analysis

A Computational Model for History of Concepts

Peter De Bolla, Ewan Jones, Paul Nulty, Gabriel Recchia, and John Regan

performance on a range of benchmark tasks, reporting their performance at α = 0.75. They did not hypothesize why this value worked well, except to point out that similar work had found success with this value. A potential reason for the success of this value

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Resist and Revivify

Democratic Theory in a Time of Defiance

Jean-Paul Gagnon and Emily Beausoleil

Public Sector Context .” Canadian Public Administration 57 ( 1 ): 49 – 70 . 10.1111/capa.12058 Moffitt , Benjamin . 2016 . The Global Rise of Populism: Performance, Political Style, and Representation . Stanford, CA : Stanford University Press

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Who Governs in Deep Crises?

The Case of Germany

Wolfgang Merkel

-19 crisis has had—and will have—on democracy, economy, and society. What is needed is a multi-sectoral set of indicators to be able to measure the overall performances of the governments cross-nationally. This article will focus on the impact of

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Concepts of Emotions in Indian Languages

Margrit Pernau

range from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, and they draw on a large variety of sources: from moral philosophy and journal articles, the classical genres of conceptual history, so to speak; to literature and novels; to oral performances in

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Boris Maslov

specified in the text and coincides with the text's actual or imaginary performance. For instance, the monarch's return to the capital ( adventus ) frequently prompts a narrative of an antecedent battle. Crucial to the genre is its double pragmatic anchoring