"Populist leaders exploit the pandemic for political purposes"
Updated: Sep 25, 2020
An article written for Sweden's online foreign affairs magazine Utrikes Magasinet.
ANALYSIS. Global disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has provided a window of opportunity for populist leaders to manipulate government structures and broader societal norms. As the health crisis continues to evolve and fluctuate, it has become increasingly clear that some decision makers are keen to either avoid or co-opt health and emergency response policies and agendas in order to concentrate power and dismantle national democracy, writes Christina De Paris, research assistant at the University of Gothenburg.
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