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    Trump’s fight over Covid-19 numbers shows how the hollowing out of expertise can be dangerous for American democracy.

Trump’s fight over Covid-19 numbers shows how the hollowing out of expertise can be dangerous for American democracy.

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As in any emergency or disaster, institutional agreement over the statistics of the Covid-19 pandemic is incredibly important. During the crisis, President Trump has questioned federally requested research around the spread of the pandemic and the amount of equipment needed to tackle it. Philip Rocco writes on how Trump’s efforts to undermine a common understanding of the numbers around the […]

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    How economists view the policy response to the Covid-19 crisis so far

How economists view the policy response to the Covid-19 crisis so far

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A panel of experts discusses the interaction between containment measures and economic activity, and the need for investment to support the medical response to the health emergency, writes Romesh Vaitilingam.

Just two weeks ago, the likelihood of a major US recession as a consequence of the public health challenge was still in doubt. In the past few days, the number […]

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    The Covid-19 pandemic shows the power and limits of American federalism.

The Covid-19 pandemic shows the power and limits of American federalism.

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While there has been a great deal of attention paid to how President Trump has responded to the Covid-19 pandemic, Alexandra Cockerham and Robert E. Crew Jr. argue that, to get a true sense of the country’s response, we should look at the actions of state governors and mayors within states. While the federal government has tried to coordinate some […]

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    Trump’s poor relationship with the media has made the US Covid-19 outbreak worse

Trump’s poor relationship with the media has made the US Covid-19 outbreak worse

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Since his election campaign, President Trump has had an adversarial relationship with the news media, branding them the “enemy of the people” after his inauguration. Porismita Borah writes that during the current Covid-19 emergency, the President has continued to fuel public distrust for the media as well as making inaccurate statements about the threat the virus poses. She argues […]

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    Primary Primers: Wisconsin shows how the Covid-19 pandemic has made holding elections much more difficult.

Primary Primers: Wisconsin shows how the Covid-19 pandemic has made holding elections much more difficult.

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Wisconsin is set to hold its presidential primary on April 7th, the first to do so following directives for its citizens to stay at home during the Covid-19 outbreak. Ahead of the primary, Wendy Scattergood writes on the electoral challenges that now face the state, from the impending shortage of poll workers and ballots, court challenges over a purge […]

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    Primary Primers: The Covid-19 crisis will disrupt the 2020 presidential election, but it won’t be suspended.

Primary Primers: The Covid-19 crisis will disrupt the 2020 presidential election, but it won’t be suspended.

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The Covid-19 crisis is causing global disruption, with the US far from immune. Peter Finn and Robert Ledger sketch out how the crisis is, and could, affect the ongoing primary process and the presidential election in November. 

This article is part of our Primary Primers series curated by Rob Ledger (Frankfurt Goethe University) and Peter Finn (Kingston University). Ahead […]

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    The Covid-19 crisis shows the failure of populist leadership in the face of real threats.

The Covid-19 crisis shows the failure of populist leadership in the face of real threats.

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Since the beginnings of the Covid-19 outbreak, President Trump has used the crisis to reinforce his populist rhetoric against imaginary threats such as China and immigration from Mexico. Hadas Aron and Emily Holland write that Trump’s example illustrates how populist leaders can gain support when political institutions like Congress are deadlocked. The challenge now, they argue, is for mainstream […]

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    Why an emergency Universal Basic Income makes sense during the Covid-19 pandemic

Why an emergency Universal Basic Income makes sense during the Covid-19 pandemic

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Aside from the human cost, the Covid-19 pandemic is expected to have massive negative effects on the worldwide economy. Soomi Lee writes that the introduction of an emergency Universal Basic Income would help reduce the effects of the expected downturn and provide some financial security for people by immediately giving all adult Americans $1,000, regardless of their circumstances. 
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    Economic policy under the coronavirus: an unconventional challenge

Economic policy under the coronavirus: an unconventional challenge

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An unprecedented, innovative and internationally coordinated policy response is needed, writes Muhammad Ali Nasir.

The COVID:19 (aka coronavirus) is hitting all aspects of human civilisation, including the global economy and international financial system. The outbreak of the pandemic has led to a sharp reduction in economic activity and turmoil in the financial markets. Its adverse economic impact is being felt […]

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    We must ensure free and fair elections do not become another casualty of Covid-19 

We must ensure free and fair elections do not become another casualty of Covid-19 

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With the outbreak of Covid-19, much of the nation’s infrastructure is being tested as never before, including its electoral institutions. Philip Rocco writes that decisions now being taken by public officials about primary elections now, and the general in November, need to take into account of both how the pandemic may make it harder for some at-risk populations to vote, and how delaying votes can create […]

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