The number of countries moving toward authoritarianism is about three times higher than the number moving toward democracy, according to the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance. The institute says governments have used Covid-19 to “double down on popular expression, and push for more direct control.” Many democratic governments have adopted restrictions that “mimic the practices of authoritarian regimes.” In Australia’s Northern Territory, officials are sending Covid-19 patients to quarantine camps and limiting the movement of people in the neighboring towns of Rockhole and Binjari, where nine cases of the virus were identified. Meanwhile, CNBC reports that Europeans have taken to the streets to oppose Covid rules and lockdowns. Lawmakers are considering even stricter rules, which could lead to even more protests. Our research shows that negative mood engenders strong authoritarian and anti-authoritarian impulses. To learn more read “Authoritarianism Versus Anti-Authoritarianism: The Tension Boils Over as Negative Mood Deepens.”
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