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Tight parliamentary scrutiny boosts COVID-19 response

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Significance

Yet relatively few parliaments have been fully able to do so. Countries with low levels of parliamentary scrutiny are much more likely to have implemented limited responses to COVID-19, with fewer social distancing restrictions and financial assistance programmes put in place.

Impacts

  • Countries with lower scrutiny face a greater risk of corruption in the management of COVID-19 equipment and resources.
  • Lack of provision for marginalised communities during the pandemic will deepen their long-term structural disadvantages.
  • Post-pandemic, weaker parliaments will struggle to roll back emergency powers assumed by government to fight the current crisis.
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