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Some legislatures have held governments to account during COVID-19. But not all

By Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy, University of Birmingham
Rebecca Gordon, Research Fellow in Leadership for Inclusive and Democratic Politics, University of Birmingham
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The coronavirus pandemic has gone hand-in-hand with considerable democratic backsliding. According to a new study, democratic freedoms were undermined in 83 countries from March to September 2020. This should concern all of us. Oversight and accountability during the COVID-19 pandemic are essential for both the public and democratic health of a nation.

We set out to explore the role that legislatures played in responding to COVID-19. In…

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