Reading Group Democracy in Europe

A Centre for European Studies research event
Date25 January 2023
Time10:00 to 11:00

In this iteration of the interdisciplinary reading group, we will discuss a text by Alexei Anisin (2022): Pandemic surveillance capitalism: authoritarian liberalism or democratic backsliding?


This study assesses EU states’ responses to the pandemic through engaging with literatures on surveillance capitalism, authoritarian liberalism, and democratic backsliding. It investigates restrictions that were carried out in EU states and the means that were used to enforce them via surveillance technology. The analysis reveals that private technological corporations’ resources, data, and applicational platforms enabled governmental security and health institutions to monitor, trace, and quarantine entire populaces through side stepping democratic mechanisms. Concurrent to emergency decrees and mass restrictions, governments privileged corporate and industrial interests during lockdowns. These outcomes warrant debate and theorization on what a post-pandemic liberal democratic social order will look like.


ProviderCentre for European Studies

Add this event to your calendar
Bookmark and Share