“Governance” em Tempo de Pandemia: Um Enquadramento Filosófico | “Governance” in a Time of Pandemic: A Philosophical Framework



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Coutinho, O. (2021). “Governance” em Tempo de Pandemia: Um Enquadramento Filosófico | “Governance” in a Time of Pandemic: A Philosophical Framework. Political Observer | Revista Portuguesa De Ciência Política (Portuguese Journal of Political Science), (14). https://doi.org/10.33167/2184-2078.RPCP2020.14/pp.141-155


The way in which an unknown virus has moved from a local to a global case, taking on a pandemic outline, has caused significant changes in the lives of all human beings. Firstly, for that reason, it is unknown, then because behind the ignorance comes mistrust and fear. Nowadays, these ingredients are - in the political-social space - substance for the biggest factors of action and decision of the actors of the power. Have we been in a war context, as some have said? Was confinement, global and so prolonged, really necessary? Was decreeing a state of emergency essential? Were the exception measures proportional? And are they reversible? This article aims, in the way of the ideas of several authors that thinking about the political philosophical role of health contexts, of exception state, and of political control of the State, in face of public health issues and not only, understand the “state of the art” in the way of governing western democracies, in the firstly, but flying over other geographies and systems as the virus has assumed global contours. And, by means of the concrete measures, politically adopted, by the different political actors, what real impacts they had on the life and the institutions working, and on the psychology of the persons individually or socially considered.


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