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Elections in times of Covid. What impact on the rules, campaign dynamics and results?

Call for proposals for a webinar Elections in times of Covid.What impact on the rules, campaign dynamics and results?

Coordinators : Jean-Michel De Waele (Université libre de Bruxelles), Michel Perottino (Université Charles de Prague), Jean-Benoit Pilet (Université libre de Bruxelles)

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the entire planet since the beginning of 2020. A year and a half later, many democracies have organized elections despite the difficult health situation. However, at this stage we do not have an overview of how these elections went and what impact the pandemic may have had. The goal of this call for papers/presentations is precisely to take the time to analyze and to compare elections held during the pandemic in order to better understand how the Covid-19 may have affected them. More specifically, we invite paper proposals analyzing elections held between early 2020 and summer 2021 and addressing one of the following three aspects (or more of them).

 1. Were some electoral rules changed? Organizing elections in times of pandemic very often involves modifying the practical arrangements for organizing elections. This can range from setting up a remote voting system, to spreading votes over several days and more places. It can also happen that the electoral system itself is modified to adapt to the health context (eg: changing from two to one round of elections). We invite papers studying changes to the organization of elections during the pandemic, and questioning the persistence of these changes beyond it.

2. Were election campaigns transformed? Will campaigning in times of Covid-19 lead to enduring changes in communication practices? Do the issues covered differ, do they focus on the pandemic and its consequences? or do the usual policy debates remain dominant? We invite communications studying how electoral campaigns in times of Covid-19 have been transformed, in their form and in their content, compared to the elections organized before the pandemic occurs.

3. Were election results and the voting behavior altered? Did voters vote in the usual way or was the electoral volatility greater? Which parties seem to have benefited from the electoral situation? and which ones suffer the most? We invite papers studying how the electoral results and the voting behavior could have been modified by the pandemic. We would particularly like to receive study proposals based on electoral surveys that go beyond aggregated results.

Proposals of paper shall be submitted by Monday 23 August to the following e-mail addresses: Jean-Michel.De.Waele@ulb.be, perottino@fsv.cuni.cz, Jean-Benoit.Pilet@ulb.be

The length of the proposals must be one page maximum and they have to present the case(s) to be studied, the proposed problem and the methodology used.

Proposals can be made in French or English.

Selected proposals will be presented in a webinar on November 19th, 2021.

In this webinar, we will also discuss a collective publication project in the form of a special journal issue or collective work.


Kateřina Bubnová




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Elections in times of Covid. What impact on the rules, campaign dynamics and results?

Call for proposals for a webinar Elections in times of Covid.What impact on the rules, campaign dynamics and results?

Coordinators : Jean-Michel De Waele (Université libre de Bruxelles), Michel Perottino (Université Charles de Prague), Jean-Benoit Pilet (Université libre de Bruxelles)

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the entire planet since the beginning of 2020. A year and a half later, many democracies have organized elections despite the difficult health situation. However, at this stage we do not have an overview of how these elections went and what impact the pandemic may have had. The goal of this call for papers/presentations is precisely to take the time to analyze and to compare elections held during the pandemic in order to better understand how the Covid-19 may have affected them. More specifically, we invite paper proposals analyzing elections held between early 2020 and summer 2021 and addressing one of the following three aspects (or more of them).

 1. Were some electoral rules changed? Organizing elections in times of pandemic very often involves modifying the practical arrangements for organizing elections. This can range from setting up a remote voting system, to spreading votes over several days and more places. It can also happen that the electoral system itself is modified to adapt to the health context (eg: changing from two to one round of elections). We invite papers studying changes to the organization of elections during the pandemic, and questioning the persistence of these changes beyond it.

2. Were election campaigns transformed? Will campaigning in times of Covid-19 lead to enduring changes in communication practices? Do the issues covered differ, do they focus on the pandemic and its consequences? or do the usual policy debates remain dominant? We invite communications studying how electoral campaigns in times of Covid-19 have been transformed, in their form and in their content, compared to the elections organized before the pandemic occurs.

3. Were election results and the voting behavior altered? Did voters vote in the usual way or was the electoral volatility greater? Which parties seem to have benefited from the electoral situation? and which ones suffer the most? We invite papers studying how the electoral results and the voting behavior could have been modified by the pandemic. We would particularly like to receive study proposals based on electoral surveys that go beyond aggregated results.

Proposals of paper shall be submitted by Monday 23 August to the following e-mail addresses: Jean-Michel.De.Waele@ulb.be, perottino@fsv.cuni.cz, Jean-Benoit.Pilet@ulb.be

The length of the proposals must be one page maximum and they have to present the case(s) to be studied, the proposed problem and the methodology used.

Proposals can be made in French or English.

Selected proposals will be presented in a webinar on November 19th, 2021.

In this webinar, we will also discuss a collective publication project in the form of a special journal issue or collective work.


Kateřina Bubnová