Democracy and Coronavirus
Coronavirus Isn’t Just a Threat to Public Health – It’s a Major Danger to Democracy
Besides its obviously destructive impacts on public health and on the global economy, COVID-19 has sparked a serious decline in democratic rights and freedoms in many countries. This series explores the immediate impact of COVID-19 on several of the world’s biggest democracies – Brazil, Indonesia, the Philippines, and the United States. Each of these states was led by a populist whose disdain for expertise hindered the public health response, and may have damaged democracy as well. The series also examines how COVID-19 will affect these democracies for the longer term.
This series is made possible by the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation.
The Long-Term Impact of COVID-19 on U.S. Democracy
It will take years until political analysts can definitively assess the pandemic's impact on U.S. democracy
How COVID-19 Proved a Boon for Dutertismo –With Long-Term Damage to Philippine Democracy
The pandemic could push the Philippines’ fragile democracy over the edge into enduring illiberalism
A Moment of Truth for Bolsonaro
It's unclear whether the pandemic will have any significant effect on Brazilian politics over the long term
COVID-19 and Democracy in Indonesia: Short-Term Stability and Long-Term Threats
The lasting implications of the pandemic could undermine the quality of Indonesian democracy