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COVID-19 and Increasing Global Trends in Authoritarianism

We are witnessing a global resurgence of authoritarianism. Amid crisis, such tendencies increase. Closer to home, the broader Central and Eastern European region is slowly moving away from the post-1989 trend of democracy consolidation. A strong counter-reaction to the democratization efforts of the last three decades can be identified in the Russian Federation, Turkey, and Hungary, among other countries in the region. The regimes in these countries have made slow but decided moves to consolidate power and control over all sectors of public and economic life. The COVID-19 pandemic is setting the stage for more authoritarian-leaning decisions as most countries in the region employed various measures to restrict fundamental freedoms.

Through this project we aim to monitor the decisions taken by governments in various parts of the world, in their struggle with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, in order to investigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the increasing authoritarian tendencies globally.

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Anca Molnoș Ph.D.

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Georgi Georgiev Ph.D. Candidate

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Laura Ranca, M.A.

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Lev Fejes, Ph.D.

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Magdalena Dragan, Ph.D.

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Oana Lup, Ph.D.

COVID 1 Team EN

Silvia Fierăscu, Ph.D.

COVID 1 Team EN

Ștefan Cibian, Ph.D.

Anca Molnoș Ph.D.

Georgi Georgiev Ph.D. Candidate

Georgi Georgiev is a doctoral candidate in comparative history at the Central European University, Budapest (CEU). He was a Visiting Predoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Research Group “Epistemes of Modern Acoustics” (October-November 2018). He completed an MA in Central European history at CEU. Georgi’s research experience includes extensive study of the Radio Free Europe archival collections hosted by the Blinken Open Society Archives in Budapest. Georgi’s PhD project focuses on methods of information gathering during the Cold War, with a special emphasis on acoustic information gathering and noise as an object of research. His work explores the intersection between science, technology, and politics.

Laura Ranca, M.A.

Drd. Laura Ranca is a project coordinator with Tactical Tech’s Exposing the Invisible project. Before joining Tactical Tech in January 2018, she worked for two years as a program specialist with the investigative journalism portfolio of the Independent Journalism Program at Open Society Foundation in London. Prior to that, she was a reporter and researcher with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and with RISE Project – a community of investigative journalists, developers and activists in Romania. At RISE, among others, she coordinated the development of Visual Investigative Scenarios (VIS), a data visualization platform, which assists investigative journalists, activists and researchers in mapping complex organised crime networks. Earlier on, Laura also worked as a public information officer with the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo and as a program coordinator and reporter with the Center for Media, Data and Society at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.

Lev Fejes, Ph.D.

Lev holds a doctorate in criminal justice from the School of Criminal Justice within Michigan State University (MSU) and an MA in Nonprofit Organization Management from Babeș-Bolyai University. As the Head of Research at the Association for Community Relations (ARC) he is responsible for coordinating the organization’s research efforts related to philanthropy and corporate social responsibility. He is a founding member of the Initiative for European Democratic Culture (ICDE) think-tank, and a Research Fellow at the Făgaraș Research Institute and Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD). An enthusiast of research methods, at ARC he utilizes his research experience developed at the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP) within MSU in designing and implementing studies aimed at furthering the understanding of philanthropic behavior in Romania and at informing decisions with regards to the development needs of Romanian NGOs. In his other capacities, Lev pursues various topics related mainly to urban safety and policing. His area of expertise includes anti-counterfeiting strategies, consumer behavior, corporate social responsibility, philanthropy and public policy. His main academic research interests relate to criminology, product counterfeiting, policing and urban safety. He is also interested in more applied research on the topics of philanthropy and corporate social responsibility and is passionate about turning the world into a better place for each and all.
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Magdalena Dragan, Ph.D.

Dr. Magdalena Drăgan is a researcher at the Geography Department of the Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca Branch. She studied Geography-French Language and Literature at Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. She got a PhD in Regional Geography from the same university. Main interests are post-communist changes (demographic, economic and landscape changes) taking place in rural areas. Currently she works on a study on the management of the commons (forests and pastures) in Romania. She lives outside Cluj-Napoca with husband, son, a dog and five cats.
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Drăgan Magdalena, Cocean Gabriela, 2018, Drivers of Change in Post-communist Agriculture in the Apuseni Mountains,  Transylvanian Review, XXVII,(1), p. 21 – 33.
Drăgan Magdalena, 2016, Locuințe secundare și case de vacanță în Munții Apuseni, Geographia Napocensis, X (2), p. 19 – 25. Drăgan Magdalena, Gabriela Cocean, 2015, Constraints on tourism development caused by the road network in the Apuseni Mountains, Romanian Review of Regional Studies, vol. XI, nr. 2, pp. 85-94. Drăgan Magdalena, 2013, The reorganization of economic activities in the Apuseni Mountains, Rev. Roum. Géogr/Rom. Journ. Geogr., 57, (1), p. 55 – 62.

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Oana Lup, Ph.D.

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Silvia Fierăscu, Ph.D.

Dr. Silvia Fierăscu has a PhD in Comparative Politics and Network Science from Central European University. Her research focuses primarily on quality of governance, political-business relations, and statistical analyses of network data. Silvia is involved in various interdisciplinary projects, translating complex problems into real-time applications for organizational management, political communication, and better governance.

Ștefan Cibian, Ph.D.

Dr. Ștefan Cibian is a member of the Board and the executive director of the Făgăraș Research Institute. Stefan is an Academy Associate with Chatham House – The Royal Institute of International Affairs, he is also teaching courses related to international development at Babeș-Bolyai University and manages Cibian Consulting S.R.L. In what concerns teaching and research, Stefan is focused on development and statehood in Sub-Saharan Africa, development policy, development assistance, international organizations, migration, and human rights. Stefan’s core interest in research is focused on international development, community development, Africa-EU relations, development policy, international relations theory, peacebuilding and fragile states, the link between research, policy, and practice, higher education policy and global affairs, including the EU. In terms of geographic focus, Stefan is primarily concerned with Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, the European Union, and transatlantic relations. In his consulting and civil society work, Stefan is focusing on civil society development in CEE, contributing to the development of civil society organizations. Stefan is the President of FOND, the Romanian NGDO Platform, the Treasurer of CONCORD – the European NGO Confederation for Humanitarian Aid and Development. He is also a board member for the following organizations: ARCADIA – The Romanian Association for International Cooperation and Development, Țara Făgărașului Community Foundation (FCTF), UiPath Foundation, and the Foundation for Youth Involvement (FIT). Stefan received his Ph.D. degree in political science and international relations (2012) as well as his M.A. in public policy (2006) from CEU – the Central European University. He also holds a BA in political science (2004, from Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania) and in law (2005, 1st of December 2019 University, Alba Iulia, Romania).
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Departments: Research Department, Policy and Outreach Department, Society, Crisis and Resilience Program; Young Researchers Club

Regions: Global

Topics: Communism and Totalitarianism, Democracy and Democratization

The content of this page does not necessarily represent the official position of the program Civic Innovation Fund. All responsibility regarding the accuracy and coherence of the presented information resides with the owners of the webpage.

COVID-19 and Increasing Global Trends in Authoritarianism

We are witnessing a global resurgence of authoritarianism. Amid crisis, such tendencies increase. Closer to home, the broader Central and Eastern European region is slowly moving away from the post-1989 trend of democracy consolidation. A strong counter-reaction to the democratization efforts of the last three decades can be identified in the Russian Federation, Turkey, and Hungary, among other countries in the region. The regimes in these countries have made slow but decided moves to consolidate power and control over all sectors of public and economic life. The COVID-19 pandemic is setting the stage for more authoritarian-leaning decisions as most countries in the region employed various measures to restrict fundamental freedoms.

Through this project we aim to monitor the decisions taken by governments in various parts of the world, in their struggle with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, in order to investigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the increasing authoritarian tendencies globally.

News

Events

Publications

Team

COVID 1 Team EN

Anca Molnoș Ph.D.

COVID 1 Team EN

Georgi Georgiev Ph.D. Candidate

COVID 1 Team EN

Laura Ranca, M.A.

COVID 1 Team EN

Lev Fejes, Ph.D.

COVID 1 Team EN

Magdalena Dragan, Ph.D.

COVID 1 Team EN

Oana Lup, Ph.D.

COVID 1 Team EN

Silvia Fierăscu, Ph.D.

COVID 1 Team EN

Ștefan Cibian, Ph.D.

Anca Molnoș Ph.D.

Georgi Georgiev Ph.D. Candidate

Georgi Georgiev is a doctoral candidate in comparative history at the Central European University, Budapest (CEU). He was a Visiting Predoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Research Group “Epistemes of Modern Acoustics” (October-November 2018). He completed an MA in Central European history at CEU. Georgi’s research experience includes extensive study of the Radio Free Europe archival collections hosted by the Blinken Open Society Archives in Budapest. Georgi’s PhD project focuses on methods of information gathering during the Cold War, with a special emphasis on acoustic information gathering and noise as an object of research. His work explores the intersection between science, technology, and politics.

Laura Ranca, M.A.

Drd. Laura Ranca is a project coordinator with Tactical Tech’s Exposing the Invisible project. Before joining Tactical Tech in January 2018, she worked for two years as a program specialist with the investigative journalism portfolio of the Independent Journalism Program at Open Society Foundation in London. Prior to that, she was a reporter and researcher with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and with RISE Project – a community of investigative journalists, developers and activists in Romania. At RISE, among others, she coordinated the development of Visual Investigative Scenarios (VIS), a data visualization platform, which assists investigative journalists, activists and researchers in mapping complex organised crime networks. Earlier on, Laura also worked as a public information officer with the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo and as a program coordinator and reporter with the Center for Media, Data and Society at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.

Lev Fejes, Ph.D.

Lev holds a doctorate in criminal justice from the School of Criminal Justice within Michigan State University (MSU) and an MA in Nonprofit Organization Management from Babeș-Bolyai University. As the Head of Research at the Association for Community Relations (ARC) he is responsible for coordinating the organization’s research efforts related to philanthropy and corporate social responsibility. He is a founding member of the Initiative for European Democratic Culture (ICDE) think-tank, and a Research Fellow at the Făgaraș Research Institute and Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD). An enthusiast of research methods, at ARC he utilizes his research experience developed at the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP) within MSU in designing and implementing studies aimed at furthering the understanding of philanthropic behavior in Romania and at informing decisions with regards to the development needs of Romanian NGOs. In his other capacities, Lev pursues various topics related mainly to urban safety and policing. His area of expertise includes anti-counterfeiting strategies, consumer behavior, corporate social responsibility, philanthropy and public policy. His main academic research interests relate to criminology, product counterfeiting, policing and urban safety. He is also interested in more applied research on the topics of philanthropy and corporate social responsibility and is passionate about turning the world into a better place for each and all.
FRI PublicationsExpert CommentsNews and mass-mediaOther publicationsEvents

Magdalena Dragan, Ph.D.

Dr. Magdalena Drăgan is a researcher at the Geography Department of the Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca Branch. She studied Geography-French Language and Literature at Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. She got a PhD in Regional Geography from the same university. Main interests are post-communist changes (demographic, economic and landscape changes) taking place in rural areas. Currently she works on a study on the management of the commons (forests and pastures) in Romania. She lives outside Cluj-Napoca with husband, son, a dog and five cats.
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Drăgan Magdalena, Cocean Gabriela, 2018, Drivers of Change in Post-communist Agriculture in the Apuseni Mountains,  Transylvanian Review, XXVII,(1), p. 21 – 33.
Drăgan Magdalena, 2016, Locuințe secundare și case de vacanță în Munții Apuseni, Geographia Napocensis, X (2), p. 19 – 25. Drăgan Magdalena, Gabriela Cocean, 2015, Constraints on tourism development caused by the road network in the Apuseni Mountains, Romanian Review of Regional Studies, vol. XI, nr. 2, pp. 85-94. Drăgan Magdalena, 2013, The reorganization of economic activities in the Apuseni Mountains, Rev. Roum. Géogr/Rom. Journ. Geogr., 57, (1), p. 55 – 62.

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Oana Lup, Ph.D.

FRI PublicationsExpert CommentsNews and mass-mediaOther publicationsEvents

Silvia Fierăscu, Ph.D.

Dr. Silvia Fierăscu has a PhD in Comparative Politics and Network Science from Central European University. Her research focuses primarily on quality of governance, political-business relations, and statistical analyses of network data. Silvia is involved in various interdisciplinary projects, translating complex problems into real-time applications for organizational management, political communication, and better governance.

Ștefan Cibian, Ph.D.

Dr. Ștefan Cibian is a member of the Board and the executive director of the Făgăraș Research Institute. Stefan is an Academy Associate with Chatham House – The Royal Institute of International Affairs, he is also teaching courses related to international development at Babeș-Bolyai University and manages Cibian Consulting S.R.L. In what concerns teaching and research, Stefan is focused on development and statehood in Sub-Saharan Africa, development policy, development assistance, international organizations, migration, and human rights. Stefan’s core interest in research is focused on international development, community development, Africa-EU relations, development policy, international relations theory, peacebuilding and fragile states, the link between research, policy, and practice, higher education policy and global affairs, including the EU. In terms of geographic focus, Stefan is primarily concerned with Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, the European Union, and transatlantic relations. In his consulting and civil society work, Stefan is focusing on civil society development in CEE, contributing to the development of civil society organizations. Stefan is the President of FOND, the Romanian NGDO Platform, the Treasurer of CONCORD – the European NGO Confederation for Humanitarian Aid and Development. He is also a board member for the following organizations: ARCADIA – The Romanian Association for International Cooperation and Development, Țara Făgărașului Community Foundation (FCTF), UiPath Foundation, and the Foundation for Youth Involvement (FIT). Stefan received his Ph.D. degree in political science and international relations (2012) as well as his M.A. in public policy (2006) from CEU – the Central European University. He also holds a BA in political science (2004, from Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania) and in law (2005, 1st of December 2019 University, Alba Iulia, Romania).
FRI PublicationsExpert CommentsNews and mass-mediaOther publicationsEvents

Departments/units: Research Department, Policy and Outreach Department, Society, Crisis and Resilience Program; Young Researchers Club

Regions: Global

Topics: Communism and Totalitarianism, Democracy and Democratization

The content of this page does not necessarily represent the official position of the program Civic Innovation Fund. All responsibility regarding the accuracy and coherence of the presented information resides with the owners of the webpage.