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ZEI Discussion Paper C 267 / 2021

Ludger Kühnhardt: The post-corona world. A research agenda

ZEI Discussion Paper C 267 / 2021

With the corona pandemic, a genuine world event has taken place for the first time, affecting all of humankind and all human societies on earth. Beyond the current crisis management, complex questions arise for future research. ZEI Director Prof. Dr Ludger Kühnhardt identifies aspects of a transdisciplinary research agenda evaluating the corona pandemic and its impact. In addition to soft issues (moral dilemmas, fear, guilt, ideological conflicts) and hard issues (health as a security topic, economic consequences, political management, power issues), he examines the implications for the European Union. He advocates a revision of the Lisbon Treaty in order to supplement the existing “shared competence” (Article 168) between the EU and its member states in situations of health-endangering natural disasters with a more robust emergency mechanism in favor of stronger EU decision-making and budget competencies.

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