Nº 17 Special Number. International Relations and Local Actors: Dynamics, Strategies and Policies

ISSN: 2173-8254

REPENSANDO EL ESPACIO LOCAL ANTE LOS CICLOS DE INCERTIDUMBRE; UNA REFLEXIÓN SOBRE EL IMPACTO DEL COVID-19

Author/s: Óscar Luengo

The expansion of Covid-19 since the beginning of 2020 has meant an unprecedented health crisis, with a clear impact on other areas such as the economy and even society. At this context, the text proposes a reflection on the possible modification and the most pressing challenges for local governments, that they will be forced to respond in the immediate but still uncertain future.

This work is developed around three dimensions where these transformations force urgent proposals. The first has to do with the municipal level as the closest administration, with a relevant role in the most immediate provision of services and in the initiative of political measures during the normalization process. The second element addressed is linked to macro and micro political communication processes whose consequences can be as favourable as irreversible for the stability of the political systems. Finally, some considerations on the importance of the moderation of the limits of party competition and the polarization between the different ideological alternatives, both at the level of political initiatives and in accountability tasks, will be discussed.