Webinar

Virtual Roundtable: Preparing Democracies for Pandemics

Thursday, November 19, 2020
Khushnum Bhandari/Reuters
Speakers
John Gerring

Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin

Ilona Kickbusch

Founder and Chair, Global Health Centre, The Graduate Institute Geneva

Presider

Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development, Council on Foreign Relations

Global Health, Economics, and Development Roundtable Series

The coronavirus pandemic has not been an advertisement for the healthy effects of democracy. There have been some notable success stories among democracies, but it is also true that nine out of the ten nations with the highest cumulative COVID-19 cases are democracies. One possibility is that the mechanisms that ordinarily produce better health in democracies—accountability through free and fair elections and freedom of expression—may not function to produce the same result in a pandemic. In this Council on Foreign Relations roundtable, Drs. John Gerring and Ilona Kickbusch discuss this possibility and their work from a new BMJ series on democracy and health.

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