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Contesting Covid: The Ideological Bases of Partisan Responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Bakker, Ryan and Rovny, Jan and Hooghe, Liesbet and Jolly, Seth and Marks, Gary and Polk, Jonathan and Steenbergen, Marco and Vachudova, Milada (2021) 'Contesting Covid: The Ideological Bases of Partisan Responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic.' European Journal of Political Research. ISSN 0304-4130 (In Press)

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Abstract

How do political parties respond to external shocks? Using an original survey of political parties across Europe conducted in June 2020 and CHES data on partisan ideological positioning, we argue that the pre-existing ideological stances of Europe’s political parties shaped their response to emerging Covid-19 policy issues, including the tension between economic normalization and containment, legal versus voluntary enforcement, and the role of science in policymaking. We find that party ideology powerfully predicts how parties, both in government and in opposition, responded to the pandemic.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Covid-19; Ideology; political parties; expert surveys
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2021 15:29
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:33
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/31629

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