Parliaments and Crises around the Globe: Effects and Consequences Compared

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Parliaments are often seen as radically unfit to deal with crisis situations, not fast and resourceful enough to make the necessary decisions within the often limited time frame that is available for the required political reactions. In recent years, many crises have occurred around the globe that affected different policy fields: finance, migration, climate, public health. These crises have led to renewed warnings of a deparliamentarization and “legislative decline”. While in some political systems crises have indeed led to democratic backsliding, in others continuity was more apparent. Elsewhere, the crisis situations have led to institutional adjustments and even sometimes a reestablishment and strengthening of democratic institutions. These different reactions may be critical junctures in the paths of institutional development and have long-lasting effects as consequences in the balance of powers. They may also have affected the public perception of parliaments. The panel brings together contributions to study the role of parliaments during one – or more – crises. All the classic functions of parliaments, election, legislation, control, communication and representation are of interest. Papers can include the analysis of single crises in single countries, or of comparisons across countries and crises. We encourage a variety of methodological approaches and the submission of papers from both junior and senior scholars.


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