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Peter Levine

On Theorizing Responsibly Although I am pleased to contribute to Democratic Theory in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, I would like to begin with some concerns about theorizing in the midst of a crisis. I will then offer two examples of

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Asma Abbas

the pandemic and of political annihilation, and of the migrant fugues that make it impossible to think about place as a guarantor of being. A migrant who might count as a worker and citizen in more than one place, but probably never as any place's own

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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

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed an unprecedented challenge for contemporary democracies around the globe. It has led to the closure and transformation of parliaments and enabled governments to rule by decree. It has curtailed citizens’ fundamental

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Gender, Leadership and Representative Democracy

The Differential Impacts of the Global Pandemic

Kim Rubenstein, Trish Bergin, and Pia Rowe

participation. These factors profoundly affect levels of trust in public decision making. The COVID-19 pandemic provides a useful framework to reflect on how the leadership “picture” literally looks and the place of gender in thinking about the underpinnings of

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Centralized or Decentralized

Which Governance Systems are Having a “Good” Pandemic?

Jennifer Gaskell and Gerry Stoker

Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic has forced every government in the world to devise strategies in response to a wide-ranging set of urgent issues. Commentators have already observed how the pandemic is impacting the very foundations of many

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Anthropology from Home

Advice on Digital Ethnography for the Pandemic Times

Magdalena Góralska

Being a digital anthropologist who studies health communication, I was immediately aware that the pandemic would make my fieldwork change rapidly. It has suddenly grown in size, intensified, and become more timely and of interest to broader

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Barbara Prainsack

as they did not travel to China. 1 A few weeks later, a large part of the world had gone into a collective lockdown: Most countries had adopted pandemic containment measures, and many were restricting the movement of its citizens, closing businesses

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Babies and Boomers

Intergenerational Democracy and the Political Epidemiology of COVID-19

Toby Rollo

perennial sacrificial lambs of public health policy, and we see this reiterated in the political epidemiology of COVID-19. Responses to past pandemics such as polio and Spanish Flu—like liberal responses to poverty, pollution, and war—reflect a set of public

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Lauri Rapeli and Inga Saikkonen

Introduction Democracy, understood as electoral democracy based on representation, was not at its strongest when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The Freedom House organization, which has monitored global democracy for decades, reported in 2020 that

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David Owen

political failure of the statist imaginary in an increasingly interdependent world requiring cooperation across borders. What implications does the COVID-19 pandemic have for arguments concerning open borders? Consider two initial responses. The first