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 to those adopted by democratic countries, analysts Carl Benedikt Frey, Giorgio Presidente and Chinchih Chen write for VoxEU.

Prior to COVID-19 Europe was already facing a challenge to democratic functioning unprecedented in modern times, the London School of Economics asserts. As the relationship between state and market is set to be fundamentally transformed by the interventions putting the global economy on life support, this will create opportunities for democrats and authoritarians alike, says a forthcoming report from Loughborough University’s Guy Aitchison (@GuyAitchison) and Luke Cooper (@lukecooper100), a consultant researcher with the Visions of Europe project at LSE CCS.

What is the role of the foreign service in advancing American values abroad, what we can learn from the successes and failures of U.S. foreign policy in Central and Eastern Europe over the past three decades, and how has American diplomacy and trans-Atlantic democracy responded to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Governance Studies at Brookings and the Transatlantic Democracy Working Group co-hosted a webinar (above) to discuss the themes arising from Norman Eisen’s book,  “Democracy’s Defenders: U.S. Embassy Prague, the Fall of Communism in Czechoslovakia and Its Aftermath,” with Alina Polyakova, president and CEO of the Center for European Policy Analysis, a National Endowment for Democracy (NED) grantee; and Jeff Gedmin, editor-in-chief of the American Interest.


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