Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Covid-19 , Democracy, devolution and governance

Covid-19 pandemic authoritarianism? Exceptional politics and the peril of democratic decline

Summary

International studies show a global decline in democracy since 2006. The current spread of ‘states of emergency’ in democratic and non-democratic countries runs a risk of eroding civil liberties even far beyond the end of the crisis. The pandemic is triggering discussions about permanent surveillance measures, the recentralisation of policies, and exceptional rules – even in well-established democracies.

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