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9 - Understanding, Deciding, and Learning: The Key Political Challenges in Times of Pandemic

from Part II - Knowledge

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 November 2020

Miguel Poiares Maduro
Affiliation:
European University Institute, Florence
Paul W. Kahn
Affiliation:
Yale University, Connecticut
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The main democratic challenges raised by the COVID-19 crisis can be divided into three groups, according to a time sequence: There are challenges raised before, during, and after the crisis. These different moments in time correspond to questions of understanding, deciding, and learning. The first set of questions concern whether or not we were prepared for a crisis on this scale, and whether we have been able to understand it correctly. At the heart of the crisis, what was in play was our ability to decide and to do so without damaging the values of justice and democracy. After the crisis, the most significant question is what needs to be learned, by whom, and in what way.

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Democracy in Times of Pandemic
Different Futures Imagined
, pp. 122 - 136
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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