The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic requires crisis management by governments around the world. In these exceptional circumstances, lives will depend on rapid and e!ective government action. At the same time, it is essential that such action enjoys the consent and support of the people in each country who recognise that the government is acting to protect

the public. A crisis is no justi”cation for undermining democracy.

For authoritarian governments, a crisis can be an opportunity to consolidate power, legitimatising crackdowns through evoking an existential threat to the nation. For emerging democracies, there is a risk that legitimate measures to address public health will undermine progress in consolidating transparency and accountability.

We, therefore, advocate continued adherence to key democratic principles

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The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic requires crisis management by governments around the world. In these exceptional circumstances, lives will depend on rapid and e!ective government action. At the same time, it is essential that such action enjoys the consent and support of the people in each country who recognise that the government is acting to protect

the public. A crisis is no justi”cation for undermining democracy.

For authoritarian governments, a crisis can be an opportunity to consolidate power, legitimatising crackdowns through evoking an existential threat to the nation. For emerging democracies, there is a risk that legitimate measures to address public health will undermine progress in consolidating transparency and accountability.

We, therefore, advocate continued adherence to key democratic principles

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