GS10 Politics under Siege: COVID-19

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Prof. Pablo Oñate

The COVID-19 pandemic quickly spread worldwide, radically changing everyday politics, both in its contents and processes. From a national point of view, different ways to address and manage the health crisis were developed, with consequences for institutions functioning, political relations among national and sub-national layers of government, governing and non-governing political parties, stakeholders and ngos. National leaders and governments reacted differently to the generalized health crisis, implementing different health policies, as well as diverse crisis-management strategies. From an international point of view, the crisis also changed the patterns of longstanding relationships opening the way to new forms of interaction.

This General Session aims at hosting closed-panels which focus in one of the multi-dimensional changes politics has gone through since COVID-19 emerged and spread worldwide. Panels and their papers should have a sound theoretical and empirical bases that allow for a fine analysis of the changes in politics provoked by the health crisis, and its political management and outcomes in a wide number of domains: institutions, processes, actors, policies, procedures, communication, traditional and social media influence and relevance, linkages with citizens, public opinion, gender perspective, multi-level politics, international relations, etcetera. Both comparative and case study approaches will be welcomed, and geographical diversity and inclusion will be foster.