Projekt

Daten zum Projekt

A "Democratic State of Exception": The corona virus controversy in Germany (February to May 2020)

Initiative: Corona Crisis and Beyond – Perspectives for Science, Scholarship and Society
Bewilligung: 10.12.2020
Laufzeit: 1 Jahr 6 Monate

Projektinformationen

The project aims at answering the question, in which way the 'state of exception' is rolled out and is overcome in a democratic public debate. A mapping of the corona virus controversy in Germany between February and May 2020 shows the key elements of the 'democratic state of exception': (a) a highly uncertain matter of concern, which science cannot (yet) settle, (b) the articulated urgency to decide crisis-related issues and to integrate manifold expectations, (c) the relevance of time to adequately deal with controversial issues, and (d) the disputed transition towards a new normal situation. Beyond the single case of the corona crisis controversy in Germany, the concept of the 'democratic state of exception' will be useful as a script for handling further crises in a democratic way and may help to overcome the widely debated classic concepts of the 'state of exception' as a sovereign, authoritarian rule in cases of existential concern.

Projektbeteiligte

  • Dr. Hagen Schölzel

    Universität Erfurt
    Staatswissenschaftliche Fakultät
    Professur für Politische Theorie
    Erfurt

  • Prof. Dr. Andre Brodocz

    Universität Erfurt
    Staatswissenschaftliche Fakultät
    Professur für Politische Theorie
    Erfurt