The Covid-19 and Democracy Project


Exploring the intersection between the Covid-19 pandemic and democratic politics and policy


About the The Covid-19 and Democracy Project

Started in Spring 2020, The Covid-19 and Democracy Project explores the intersection between the Covid-19 pandemic and democratic politics and policy.

Based at Kingston University, London, the project is committed to engaging with academics, educators, elected officials and election candidates, and practitioners to develop insights about the Covid-19 pandemic and democracy.

Later in the year we will be launching a fuller version of our site, but while that is in development, we hope the information and outputs on this page are of interest.

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Project Lead: Peter Finn,

(p.finn@kingston.ac.uk)

Co-Investigator: Radu Cinpoes

(radu.cinpoes@kingston.ac.uk)

The Covid-19 and Democracy Podcast

Begun in October 2020, our podcast aims to capture in real-time the fervent intellectual debate at the intersections between the Covid-19 pandemic and democratic politics and policy.

It is presented by our Project Lead Peter Finn, and has featured guests from across Europe, the US, and Hong Kong.

An archive of our past episodes can be found here

The podcast is available, among other platforms, on SpotifyGoogle PodcastsApple Podcasts, and Anchor

Read our Briefing Paper on the 2020 US elections

Launched in June 2021, this briefing paper explores the relationship between the Covid-19 pandemic on the 2020 US election cycle.

This brief, the first in a series that will continue in September 2021, is written by our Project Lead Peter Finn, regular project contributor Robert Ledger (Frankfurt Goethe University), and Madison Imiola (Washington State Human Rights Commission). Peter Finn wrote a comment piece for the Kingston University website based on the briefing paper, which you can find here.

Titled ‘Pandemic Politics: Covid-19 and the 2020 US Electoral Cycle’, the briefing paper is available here.

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Read our Report

Launched in September 2020, our comparative report explored the early days of the pandemic across eight democracies (The UK, Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, Israel, Japan, Taiwan and the USA).

Explaining the significance of the report, Project Lead Peter Finn said it ‘illustrates the political nature of the way the Covid-19 pandemic has been handled to date, demonstrating why the political ramifications of the pandemic will take years, if not decades, to play out.’

Expanding, Finn said that ‘the politics around how different countries are run, how governments are put and held in place and politics around the funding of healthcare sectors are really important. This has influenced the pandemic to date  and is going to continue to do so.’

Titled ‘Covid-19 and Democracy, First Cut Policy Analyses: Country Case Studies‘, the report is available here.

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