The Post-COVID-19 World : Autocracies, Democracies and the New World Order

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In this webinar, Professor Shalendra Sharma will discuss two interrelated questions which are currently the subject of extensive debate among Political Scientists. First, the relative merits of democratic, illiberal and authoritarian rule – specifically, which system has more effectively responded to COVID-19, and more broadly, which political system is better equipped to address deadly threats to collective human security such as the coronavirus pandemic? Second, what does the future hold for the post-war liberal international economic and political order in the emerging post-COVID world? The order’s key architect and defender is the world’s most powerful liberal democracy, the United States. The central challenger is the world’s most powerful autocracy, the People’s Republic of China – which not only sees liberal ideals as an existential threat to its legitimacy, but also claims that “China model” represents a viable alternative to the west.

Drawing on the available evidence, including specific reference to the United States, China and other countries, Professor Sharma will both critically assess the ongoing debates and present his own views on these issues as well as the implications it carries for the emerging World Order. He will also suggest areas of potential future research.


Biography of Speaker

A political-economist by training, Professor Shalendra Sharma is the author of: Prosperity with Inequality: A Comparative Political Economy of the United States, China and India (New York: Cambridge University Press 2018); Global Financial Contagion: The Great Recession and the World Economy (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013); China and India in the Age of Globalization (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009), which was the winner of the 2010 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award; Achieving Economic Development in the Era of Globalization (Routledge, 2007); The Asian Financial Crisis: Meltdown, Reform and Recovery (Manchester University Press, 2003); Democracy and Development in India (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1999), which won the Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 1999; and editor of Asia in the New Millennium: Geopolitics, Security and Foreign Policy (Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley, 2000).

Professor Sharma was the recipient of USF's University-wide Distinguished Teaching Award for 1996-97 and the University-wide Distinguished Research Award for 2002-03. During 2006-07, he was a Visiting Professor at Universiteit Leiden, the Netherlands. He has also consulted for the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.



Recommended Citation

Sharma, S. (2021, April 27). The post-COVID-19 world: autocracies, democracies and the new world order [Video podcast]. Retrieved from