Category: Democratic Governance

Europe’s New Authoritarianism? COVID-19’s challenge to democracy

     

While autocratic regimes have tended to take more stringent policy measures to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic spread, such measures appear to be less effective in reducing mobility when compared… Read more »

Why democracies have the edge in coping with crisis

     

Throughout the centuries, competitors of the prevailing system have known that disaster presents them with an opportunity. Writing about the Black Death, which culled more than 40 per cent of… Read more »

Pandemic represents ‘high-water mark’ for brittle authoritarian model’s appeal?

     

It is quite possible that the coronavirus pandemic will represent the high-water mark for the appeal of the authoritarian model and of its two standard-bearers, China and Russia, according to… Read more »

Illiberal Hungary ‘mounting an ambitious ideological campaign’?

     

Budapest’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic has been to suspend parliament and give Prime Minister Viktor Orbán open-ended powers to rule by decree. Will the latest move by the ruling… Read more »

Preserving liberty in the time of corona: Democratic governance the best antidote

     

The Indian economist Amartya Sen insisted on democracy as a universal value (in a Journal of Democracy reader, left). He also observed that democratic governance is the best antidote to the… Read more »

‘From Wuhan to the World’: COVID-19 may play in favor of democracies, not autocracies

     

  A leaked database from a Chinese military-run university suggests China may have 640K coronavirus cases, not 80K. This is breathtaking mendacity not even matched by the Islamic Republic in… Read more »