A Test for Democracy and Civil Society
The lack of trust, permeated throughout Czech society, constitutes a huge hurdle to overcome, as faith in government officials, democratic institutions and medical experts will determine the outcome of these trying times. As the pandemic shows no signs of slowing down, weaknesses within the Czech Republic have quickly risen to the surface. Although the country has experienced a democratic “golden age”, since the end of communism, the government must address the issues on a community level, as liberal democracy may succumb to twisted forms of civil society, based on misinformation and tribalism.
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Democracy Standing Strong Through the Pandemic
Norway, a country known for their stable and successful democracy, was able to feel confidence in their government’s ability to weather the COVID-19 pandemic because of the solid political institutions that have been in place since they became a consolidated democracy.
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Democracies do not all form the same way; Indonesia provides an excellent example into the relationship between COVID-19 and democratization and its potential hazards.
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What could be South Korea’s secret to a relatively successful response to the COVID-19 pandemic? What factors aided in that response? I would say South Korea’s successful response is due to strong civil society, social capital, and government transparency. These are fundamental components of democracy, as they form the basis of an active civil society.
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This pandemic is causing businesses to fail, and it is leading to surging economic inequality in Brazil. Brazil is struggling, and it is time for the world to realize it.
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There is a controversy in Egypt about whether the government is failing to make an adequate response to the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
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Some are thinking that we seriously need an overhaul of the way we vote, especially in comparison to places like Arizona that vote mostly by mail, or even countries, like Estonia, that vote entirely online.
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Egypt is no stranger to recovering from the odd melange of democratic and authoritarian rule – but now that COVID-19 is the mix, Egypt is past the point of a social, political, and health-related recovery.
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Imagine being the leader of an entire country denying a global pandemic, only to test positive for the virus… and then transmit it to your wife. This is exactly what Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has done. The leadership of President Bolsonaro during the pandemic is threatening Brazilian democracy and the safety of its citizens.
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