Opposition in times of crisis : COVID-19 in parliamentary debates

Faculty/Professorship: Empirical Political Science  
Author(s): Louwerse, Tom; Sieberer, Ulrich  ; Tuttnauer, Or; Andeweg, Rudy B.
Publisher Information: Bamberg : Otto-Friedrich-Universität
Year of publication: 2021
Pages: 1025-1051
Source/Other editions: West European Politics. 44 (2021), 5-6, S. 1025-1051. - DOI: 10.1080/01402382.2021.1886519
is version of: 10.1080/01402382.2021.1886519
Year of first publication: 2023
Language(s): English
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY - Attribution 4.0 International 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-irb-594534
The COVID-19 pandemic presents an exceptional crisis situation not only for governments, but also for politicians in opposition. This article analyses opposition party expressed sentiment vis-a-vis government actions and policies during the first six months of 2020. Based on an original content analysis of parliamentary debates in four established parliamentary democracies (Germany, Israel, Netherlands, United Kingdom), relatively positive opposition expressed sentiment in parliament early on during the crisis is observed, in line with a ‘rally effect’ observed in public opinion. Sentiment turned more negative as the first wave of the crisis abated. Larger opposition parties with considerable prior government experience were more positive than larger parties without such experience.
GND Keywords: Deutschland; Israel; Niederlande; Großbritannien; COVID-19-Pandemie; Opposition; Parlamentsdebatte; Geschichte 2020
Keywords: opposition, government, parliament, COVID-19, legislative behaviour
DDC Classification: 320 Political Science  
RVK Classification: MF 5650   
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/59453
Release Date: 24. May 2023

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