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Global Democracy & COVID-19: Upgrading International Support

Richard Youngs, Elene Panchulidze : 2020

In an effort to contain the virus, governments across the world have enacted diverse emergency powers to enforce lockdowns and other measures. However, as a result some weak democracies and autocracies have suffered a particularly serious lurch towards more centralised power and repression with probable long-term ramifications. This report highlights how some governments are using the public health crisis to further curtail democratic activities and provides recommendations for policymakers and civil society to counteract the negative impacts of COVID-19 on democracy. It offers guidance to democracy organisations and donors as they endeavour to keep democracy on the international agenda as well as for civil society organisations adjusting their strategies to the altered context.

Source: IDEA, European Endowment for Democracy, The Carter Center, European Partnership for Democracy, European Network of Political Foundations, IFES, IRI, NDI, NED, Parliamentary Centre, WFD

Link: https://www.idea.int/sites/default/files/publications/global-democracy-and-covid-19.pdf

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