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The Post-COVID State

Given the nature and scale of the demands being placed on modern states, it is clear that "business as usual" will no longer suffice, even if it remains the easiest option. For citizens in the world's democracies, the choice ultimately will be between various forms of abdication and concerted action.

CAMBRIDGE – The world is experiencing one of the most transformative moments of the last 75 years. The social, economic, and political consequences of the COVID-19 crisis have already been truly momentous, and they have most likely only just begun to be felt. In the United States, more than 40 million workers have filed unemployment claims since mid-March, and more and more families are being pushed to the brink of poverty. Around the world, millions more are facing even more precarious conditions, with 40-60 million people expected to fall below the extreme poverty line of less than $1.90 per day.