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COVFED - Political cohesion under conditions of fiscal scarcity – German federalism in the time of COVID-19

Funding: VolkswagenStiftung

Team: Prof. Dr. Sabine Kropp (Project Leader) & Dr. Antonios Souris (Research Fellow)


The project investigates the extent to which political parties leverage the federal order of government to employ opportunistic strategies in the Covid-19 crisis, and which political and institutional safeguards ("safeguards") help to thwart these strategies. Research focuses on the discursive strategies in legislative debates about the federal crisis management. For the empirical analysis, we have developed a new dataset, currently consisting of 4,610 manually coded statements. These statements were gathered trough a qualitative content analysis of plenary debates in the German state parliaments (Landtage) and in the Bundestag between February 2020 and the federal election in September 2021. The dataset is available at the data repository of GESIS (https://doi.org/10.7802/2627). Project results have been published, among others, in "der moderne staat" (https://doi.org/10.3224/dms.v15i1.05) and "West European Politics" (https://doi.org/10.1080/01402382.2023.2274719). The data are currently edited for text-as-data methods.

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SFB 700