Power and the pandemic: civil liberties in the age of coronavirus

Alexandra Runswick | Renewal 28/2

Faced with crises, governments take emergency powers. While the suspension of normality is often necessary, the radical change in the relationship between citizens and the state poses dangers to civil liberties. Without consideration and accountability, temporary powers can have long-term, permanent effects.

Alexandra Runswick was Director of Unlock Democracy 2013-2020 and is a member of Renewal’s editorial advisory board.