Populist and popular constitutionalism in the age of COVID-19: Southern European perspectives
The Covid-19 pandemic invites us to reconsider our assumptions on populist constitutionalism, popular constitutionalism, and their relationship. How can the authority of experts –traditionally a target of populist attacks, also a founding myth of anti-populists– be further institutionalized and, if possible, democratized? How can the protection of public health be reconciled with economic survival taking into account popular concerns and considerations? How can governments effectively respond to the pandemic without sacrificing transparency, fairness, and popular participation? The panel, formed by members of the Populist Constitutionalism research project (PopCon), aspires to offer some perspectives on these and relevant challenges drawing from recent experience in Southern Europe.