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Update on Pandemic Backsliding: Democracy Four Months After the Beginning of the Covid-19 Pandemic   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "Reports about excessive use of emergency powers and limitations on media freedoms have created widespread concern that the response to Covid-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] will shut down democracy itself. The Pandemic Backsliding Project assesses the extent to which 146 governments are violating democratic standards for emergency provisions in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The data can be accessed from an online dashboard. Our new data suggests that the most pessimistic predictions about the effects of the pandemic on the health of democracy have not been realized. Two thirds of all democracies implemented emergency responses to Covid-19 without undermining liberal-democratic standards. Most countries that have severely violated democratic standards were already fully autocratic before the pandemic. There are, however, some countries, where governments may be using the pandemic to substantially erode already weak democratic institutions."

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Policy Brief No. 24
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2020-06-30
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V-Dem Institute
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