Professor and Director, Center for European Politics, University of Copenhagen
All Sessions by Marlene Wind
The Health Crisis
The effect of COVID-19 on democracy in Europe
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Democracy was in retreat in the EU, even before the pandemic. Crises generally strengthen the executive governmental level vis-à-vis parliaments, and this crisis has further emboldened autocratic leadership in some member states. One year on since Covid-19 hit Europe, we ask whether democracy as a form of governance has delivered or disappointed, compared to crisis management by more authoritarian systems? Might the pandemic accelerate a process of democratic renewal? How resilient is European democracy and what are the potential long-term consequences for the way governance is organised?
This session is organised as part of PERISCOPE, a project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.