Coronavirus, Democracy and the Challenges of Engaging a Planetary Order

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As the challenges presented by the coronavirus are being processed within national communities and the international order, important new avenues for re-thinking democratic theory and practice present themselves. This short article discusses the potential implications of a shift toward planetary politics whereby we engage not only human communities but also non-human ones in our thinking and practice of democracy. New opportunities to rethink "international order" and how we negotiate with ecosystems are presented by opening up (rather than closing down) our political imaginations in the context of the coronavirus challenge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172–179
Number of pages8
JournalDemocratic Theory
Issue number2
Early online date11 Sept 2020
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2020


  • Coronavirus
  • Covid
  • Democracy
  • Liberal world order
  • Planetary politics
  • Posthumanism


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