The pandemic is not just an epidemiological phenomenon – it is also a political, economic, and social one. In this series, we explore how this general “emergency” translates into democratic and authoritarian practice - across scales, and in different facets of life, from the institutional to the intimate. It raises a range of new challenges to democracy and human rights, during and after the emergency. Some of the restrictions that have been implemented by liberal and illiberal democracies may well outlive the crisis. The Centre aims to contribute to the public and scholarly debate on these major issues through its ongoing and new research activities.
Amongst other activities, the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy launched a series of commentaries on the effects of the novel coronavirus on democratic experiences around the globe.
Contributors to its new series of commentaries include the Democracy Centre’s team, faculty and visiting lecturers. We also collaborate with our partner institutions to publish some joint contributions.
Read here the commentaries published from March to July 2020.
Part 3 from September onwards:
Read also the special issue of Global Challenges on “The Politics of the Coronavirus Pandemic” produced by the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy in collaboration with the Graduate Institute’s Research Office. This special issue gathers 16 articles, two video interviews and six podcasts from 26 experts of the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy and the Graduate Institute.