From the Introduction: "Democracy is at risk. Its survival is endangered by a perfect storm of threats, both from within and from a rising tide of authoritarianism. The Covid-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic has exacerbated these threats through the imposition of states of emergency, the spread of disinformation, and crackdowns on independent media and freedom of expression. 'The Global State of Democracy 2021' shows that more countries than ever are suffering from 'democratic erosion' (decline in democratic quality), including in established democracies. [...] Yet, the pandemic has also evinced democracy's resilience in key ways. It has fuelled pro-democracy movements to challenge this authoritarian tide from Belarus to Myanmar. Protests over climate change and racial inequality have gone global, despite restrictions on assembly in most countries during the pandemic. Many states have adhered to democratic principles during the public health crisis, thanks to transparent and innovative governance. Some studies point to a reinvigoration of democratic values globally, particularly among younger generations."
2021 International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance
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