The pandemic has demonstrated the need for public leadership in order to encourage people to practice safe interactions, including social distancing and seeking vaccination. Many authoritarian states interpreted public leadership as the ability to control people’s behavior and, accordingly, claimed to be more successful than their democratic counterparts in managing the pandemic.
Risultati della ricerca:
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected countries globally regardless of regime type. Nonetheless, for an extended period throughout this pandemic, non-democratic regimes seemed to have performed better than democracies.
It seems that not only the economy and health care systems, but also human rights and democracy have proven particularly fragile during the Covid-19 pandemic. Even in more consolidated democracies, governments did not always succeed in ensuring that all the restrictions were necessary and proportionate to the threat to the lives of their citizens.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to life the worst dreams — or nightmares — of Foucauldian biopolitics, encapsulating the very meaning of politics as the protection of collective life.
Over the course of the past decade, Russia and China have been increasingly aligning on a number of issues that encompass foreign and domestic politics. With the COVID-19 pandemic, such alignment has increased in the digital space.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many highlighted the link between authoritarian regimes and effectiveness in managing the pandemic. However, when it comes to Africa, the link between the quality of the response and regime type is not a direct correlation. In fact, the efficiency of a country’s pandemic management primarily depended on national trajectories in most cases.
The COVID-19 pandemic, aside from being a health disaster, was a huge economic shock to the world economy. All G20 countries had negative GDP growth in 2020, except for China, which eked out a 2.3% expansion. All these major economies, and most smaller ones too, carried out Keynesian counter-cyclical fiscal and monetary stimulus policies.
COVID-19 has posed an enormous challenge to political systems’ ability to cope with the human and economic disruption caused by the virus. Given its global scale, the pandemic spurred international cooperation in some instances, such as with the G20 and the WHO-driven Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator. However, it also generated competitive dynamics in the international arena, notably between democracies and autocracies.
The “vaccine production power” developed by some global actors to fight the COVID-19 pandemic has turned into a soft power tool to influence the international global order.
Nel giorno in cui in Ungheria entra in vigore la legge che vieta la “propaganda LGBT”, dal parlamento europeo si invoca il congelamento dei fondi del recovery destinati a Budapest.