Is having the Italian Government of any use?

The question I have asked myself in recent weeks is very simple: does the Italian government really do anything? Is it an institution truly able to serve the people when necessary and to provide timely solutions as in this emergency and during the others to come?

How leaders’ speeches impact social distancing behaviour

Regardless of their scientific soundness, COVID-19 recommendations from political leaders such as President Trump are taken seriously by followers. In Brazil, President Bolsonaro has publicly flaunted social distancing measures and downplayed the seriousness of the disease in at least two well-publicised instances. This column analyses the effects of Bolsonaro’s actions and speeches