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Open borders and the COVID-19 pandemic

Open borders and the COVID-19 pandemic
Open borders and the COVID-19 pandemic

This paper considers the implications of COVID for open borders. It notes that while COVID concerns do not directly challenge arguments for open borders, the pandemic has revealed two more general phenomena that are salient for such arguments. The first concerns the increasing unmooring of legal borders from physical spaces and the interaction of surveillance and identification technologies with this process. The second addresses the issue of interdependency and the potentially negative implications of open borders if not underpinned by a global basic structure.

Borders, Coronavirus, COVID, Democracy, Global, Open society
2332-8894
152-159
Owen, David
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Owen, David
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Owen, David (2020) Open borders and the COVID-19 pandemic. Democratic Theory, 7 (2), 152-159. (doi:10.3167/DT.2020.070218).

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Abstract

This paper considers the implications of COVID for open borders. It notes that while COVID concerns do not directly challenge arguments for open borders, the pandemic has revealed two more general phenomena that are salient for such arguments. The first concerns the increasing unmooring of legal borders from physical spaces and the interaction of surveillance and identification technologies with this process. The second addresses the issue of interdependency and the potentially negative implications of open borders if not underpinned by a global basic structure.

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Accepted/In Press date: 1 December 2020
Published date: 1 December 2020
Additional Information: © Berghahn Books 2020
Keywords: Borders, Coronavirus, COVID, Democracy, Global, Open society

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Local EPrints ID: 455095
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/455095
ISSN: 2332-8894
PURE UUID: dcc214e9-fe11-4a35-ad52-3012b808873a
ORCID for David Owen: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8865-6332

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Date deposited: 08 Mar 2022 18:01
Last modified: 19 Jul 2022 01:36

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