Democracy and the Pandemic Series

The UVA Democracy Initiative is exploring the implications of the pandemic on democracy through a series of essays. We’ve invited leading scholars, community members and others to begin a conversation to call attention to under-examined issues and looming.

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  • The UVA Democracy Initiative is exploring the implications of the pandemic on democracy through a series of essays. We’ve invited leading scholars, community members and others to begin a conversation to call attention to under-examined issues and looming.

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  • As the 2020 election approaches, the Democracy Initiative's Statecraft Lab will host a event to discuss the state of foreign policy, democracy and more.

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In the News

The Memory Project's Jalane Schmidt will join other experts for a discussion about Confederate monuments and the Lost Cause in public spaces.

Professor of Politics and Statecraft Lab member John Owen addresses China's effects on the democratic world order.

The Memory Project's Jalane Schmidt discusses Confederate statue removal and the consequences of their relocation in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The Democracy Initiative's Jessica Kimpell Johnson published a new column in The Roanoke Times.

Associate Professor of Politics and CLEAR lab co-director Daniel Gingerich writes about how politicians utilize local intermediaries to mobilize voters in the American Political Science Review.
 

The UVA Equity Center, Youth-Nex and the Madison House have launched a new website as a resource for teachers and families across the Charlottesville area.

A Global Contagion and Chronic Threats to Democracy

In recent years, concerns about threats to democracy have often been couched in the form of a metaphor: contagion. Researchers, analysts, and activists have issued dire warnings of the threats posed by fascist, populist, and authoritarian movements spreading, like a disease, throughout the bodies of democratic societies and institutions. Indications of democracy’s vulnerabilities to attack abound.

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