Parliaments in the Pandemic: Comparing Challenges and Consequences

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unparalleled global crisis with far-reaching implications all over the world. But they have varied significantly between political systems. It is our goal to analyze the immediate and broader effects of the pandemic on parliaments. The panel will try to provide basis for a deeper understanding of how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected parliamentary power in political systems across the globe by investigating five core perspectives: first, what were the immediate organizational adjustments of parliament? Second, how has the fulfillment of parliamentary functions been affected? Third, what has been the public perception of parliament’s role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic? Fourth, has parliament done its job correctly? And, five, what shifts of power have emerged between parliament and the executive and within parliament? This panel brings together people with interests in practice and theory related to the varied responses by parliaments to the COVID-19 pandemic providing case studies and comparative analyses.