Religion, Society, and World Relations Faculty of Economics, Law and Social Sciences

A "Democratic State of Exception": The corona virus controversy in Germany

André Brodocz: 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.

Duration
05/2021 - 10/2022

Funding
VolkswagenStiftung :
120 000 Euro

Project management

[Translate to English:]  Prof. Dr. Andrè Brodocz
Holder of the professorship for political theory (Politische Theorie) (Faculty of Economics, Law and Social Sciences)

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.

democracy research Corona political crisis management

Research focus

Religion, Society, and World Relations