Authoritarian Liberal Surveillance and the Covid-19 Pandemic (Hardcover)

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From QR codes to stay-at-home orders and mask mandates, the pandemic posed intriguing questions about the nature of political power in a time that is increasingly being classified as marked by democratic erosion, backsliding, or populism, Through a multi-methodological analysis of datasets covering different characteristics of pandemic responses in 54 liberal democratic states, Authoritarian Liberal Surveillance and the COVID-19 Pandemic draws attention to a different set of processes and dynamics. By adopting the theoretical frameworks of authoritarian liberalism and surveillance capitalism, a new explanation of political, economic, and social outcomes that arose over the course of the pandemic is provided in a critical cross-national inquiry. Findings turn attention to a previously neglected set of factors that were behind the emergence of widespread illiberal practices. Many liberal democracies experienced a metamorphosis that arose out of the unfettered implementation of authoritarian liberal economic policy making which merged with previously embedded structures of surveillance capitalism.

About the Author

Alexei Anisin, Dean of the School of International Relations & Diplomacy at Anglo-American University in Prague, has researched topics ranging from the pandemic, political instability, state repression, protest, to homicide and mass shootings. Dr. Anisin holds a wide-ranging interest in international politics and historical change.
Product Details
ISBN: 9783111081335
ISBN-10: 3111081338
Publisher: de Gruyter
Publication Date: December 4th, 2023
Pages: 138
Language: English