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Just How Resilient are OECD and EU Countries?

Sustainable Governance in the Context of the COVID-19 Crisis

2021 | Christof Schiller, Thorsten Hellmann, Helene Schüle, Sascha Heller and Emma Gasster | Bertelsmann Stiftung

Just How Resilient are OECD and EU Countries?


Well-organized democracies have so far navigated their way through the coronavirus crisis better than those with deficits in this area. These democracies have benefited from their forward-looking and participation-oriented approach to governance. However, worrying developments continue in states where democratic values such as media freedom, civil liberties and the independence of the judiciary were already under threat before the crisis. These states also demonstrated the weakest performance in terms of their response to the crisis.