10 THESES ON DEMOCRACY AND COVID-19
COVID-19 has revealed a variety of challenges to nation states around the world.This essay seeks to see what were the actual differences between democracies and authoritative regimes in responding to the diverse challenges.Matters of transparency and accountability are certainly more in evidence in democracy, but some believe that in health crises authoritative regimes are more efficient.Proposing ten theses this essay sifts through the data we can now claim as instructive measuring whether civil liberties are in fact conducive to public health.Democracies do noticeably well.Still, as vaccination distribution studies emerge, on the question of the most marginalized within nations and across the globe, we find neither governance structure predictably responsive.Rarely are the poor well served in health crises.
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