Transregional Center for Democratic Studies

Democracy & the Pandemic: Contributions from the May 2020 Conference of the Democracy Seminar

The pieces below are working papers – contributions to the Democracy & the Pandemic Mini-Conference of the Democracy Seminar on May 20-21, 2020.

How are the responses to the pandemic driving de-democratization?

How are the state responses to the pandemic strengthening authoritarian regimes?

Daniel Peres, Bolsonaro’s Regime of Chaos and Fear: The Pandemic and the Collapse of Democracy in Brazil

Jacek Kucharczyk, Pandemic as a Catalyst for Populist Authoritarianism: The Case of Poland 

Michal Vašečka, From Mafia State to “Parish” Republic

Paweł Marczewski, Torn Mask of Social Solidarity: Law and Justice Response to the Economic Downturn

Mark W. Frazier, Hong Kong: Pandemic, Protests, and Protecting “National” Security

András Bozóki, After Orwell: Some Thoughts on the Post-Pandemic World

How are the responses to the pandemic strengthening the centralization of power, and the municipal and community power that resists it?

Helena Chmielewska-Szlajfer, Authoritarian Appetites versus Local Solidarity

Kristóf Szombati, COVID-19 and the Curtailment of Municipal Power in Hungary 

Utku Balaban, Urban Politics and Pandemic in Turkey

Daniel Gerbery, Trust or Discipline? What Saturates Civic Responses to a COVID-19 Crisis in Slovakia? 

Nazan Bedirhanoglu, Turkey’s Forged Success Story: Re-opening Without Closing Down?

How are the responses to the pandemic strengthening authoritarian movements and institutions

Alexandra Bitušíková, Fascists in Slovak Politics: Waiting for a New Chance in Times of the COVID-19 crisis?

Gábor Scheiring, The Political Consequences of Populist Health Crisis Management:  The Political Economy of Coronavirus Responses in Hungary 

Malkhaz Toria, The State of Emergency for All? Asymmetric Power Relations and Crisis of Democracy in Georgia during the Pandemic  

Ali Rıza Güngen, Turkey’s COVID-19 Response and Resilience of Authoritarianism

How is de-democratization constituted and opposed?

How do the pandemic and the authoritarian responses to it undermine human rights and gender justice?

Kálmán PetőczHuman Rights in the Times of Emergency

Kerem Altiparmak, New Expertise of Authoritarian Regimes: How to Escape From the Implementation of International Standards – The Cases of Demirtaş and Kavala

Jan Orlovsky, The NGO Sector in Slovakia as a Subject of Conspirators 

Maria Bucur, Domestic Violence as Pandemic

Elżbieta Korolczuk, Gender Ideology as Pandemic: Anti-Gender Campaigns in a Time of Crisis

What are new ways to constitute, defend, and strengthen democracy during the pandemic?

Chang LiuChinese Young Nationalists amid The COVID-19 Pandemic: A Rap against a “Diary” 

Pawel Knut, Pandemic as Opportunity? The Meaning of COVID-19 to the Polish LGBT Movement

Elçin Aktoprak, The School of Human Rights in Turkey: An Alternative Space under Authoritarianism

How do we resist dictatorships with a democratic face during the pandemic? 

Jeffrey C. Isaac, Securing the November U.S. Election: The Urgent Task for All Democrats

Dagmar Kusá, Democracy “As If” 

Jeffrey C.  Goldfarb, The Politics of Small Things Before, During and After the Pandemic: From the Kitchen Table to the Kitchen Cabinet

Samuel Marec, Trumpization of Political Communication during COVID-19 Crisis 

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