"By the People or For the People? Authoritarian vs. Democratic Responses to COVID"
This webinar is presented as part of the 2020-2021 COMPAS Program on COVID-19.
The public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic required quick and far-reaching interventions in people’s lives, and attracted significant public criticism and resistance. How did this process play out differently under authoritarian vs. democratic governments, and what does this tell us about the strengths and weaknesses of each system?
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Jessica Chen Weiss (Government, Cornell University)
Jessica Chen Weiss is Associate Professor of Government at Cornell University. She is the author of Powerful Patriots: Nationalist Protest in China’s Foreign Relations (Oxford University Press, 2014). The dissertation on which it is based won the 2009 American Political Science Association Award for best dissertation in international relations, law and politics Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in International Organization, China Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Security Studies. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Cornell Einaudi Center, Cornell Center for Social Sciences, Uppsala University, Princeton-Harvard China & The World Program, Bradley Foundation, Fulbright-Hays program, and University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.
David Stasavage (Dean for the Social Sciences, Department of Politics, NYU)
David Stasavage is the Dean for the Social Sciences and the Julius Silver Professor in NYU’s Department of Politics and an Affiliated Professor in NYU’s School of Law. He is the author of The Decline and Rise of Democracy: A Global History from Antiquity to Today (2020). This book provides a new understanding of early democracy in multiple world regions. It explains the survival in Europe and disappearance in China and the Middle East, and it then traces the long evolution of modern democracy while highlighting its internal tensions. Exploring the deep history of democracy, both early and modern, can teach us much about our current anxieties. David is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he has also authored several previous books including Taxing the Rich: A History of Fiscal Fairness in the United States and Europe (2016) and States of Credit: Size, Power, and the Development of European Polities (2011).