This Policy Outlook critically examines the systemic causes behind the spread of the virus including the role of the World Health Organisation, the impact of neoliberal on healthcare systems and the detrimental impact of the politicization of the pandemic. It then examines potential political and social developments in the wake of the pandemic through a discussion on the role of the state, the allure of authoritarianism and the risks of increased societal surveillance.

Dr. Tarek Cherkaoui Michael Arnold02 April 2020

As the world continues to face the novel-Coronavirus pandemic, it is becoming increasingly clear that certain foundational aspects of our world are set to change. While we are still in the early stages, a new horizon is starting to come into focus, one that includes outlines of major changes in political and economic governance.​ This Policy Outlook critically examines the systemic causes behind the spread of the virus including the role of the World Health Organisation, the impact of neoliberal on healthcare systems and the detrimental impact of the politicization of the pandemic. It then examines potential political and social developments in the wake of the pandemic through a discussion on the role of the state, the allure of authoritarianism and the risks of increased societal surveillance.

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