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Strongmen & democracy - in the time of the corona-pandemic
Onsdag 15 April 2020, 10:00 - 11:00

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Online debate on democracy worldwide in the time of the corona-pandemic

About this Event

A majority of countries are today ruled by authoritarian governments, yet pro-democratic protests are on the rise, according to The Democracy Report 2020: Autocratization Surges, Resistance Grows. Will the Covid-19 accelerate this global trend? Join the online-debate with the director behind the report from Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute in Gothenburg, Sweden.



  • Introduction by Lisbeth Pilegaard, Executive Director, The Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy (DIPD)
  • Presentation by Staffan Lindberg, Professor and Director, V-Dem Institute: The Democracy Report 2020 in light of the present COVID-19 pandemics' effect on democracy
  • Discussion and questions from the audience


Background information

The V-Dem Institute is a collaboration of scholars and experts from 180 countries with headquarters at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The Institute provides data for The World Bank, UNDP and a score of other well-renowned organizations and NGO’s around the world. The full report from V-Dem Institute can be downloaded here and the press release here.


The Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy (DIPD) is currently active in 16 countries, more information at


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