The coronavirus pandemic has gone hand-in-hand with considerable democratic backsliding according to a new study which reveals that democratic freedoms were undermined in 83 countries from March to September 2020. According to the report almost a third of legislatures had no direct oversight over the government’s initial response from 1 March to 1 May 2020. This is important, because effective legislative scrutiny helped to constrain unnecessarily heavy-handed approaches in some cases, while in others it prompted the government to take action where it had been slow to respond. Visit the News Blog page on to read the full article and find out more about the importance of legislative oversight and which countries did better than others in maintaining theirs.