Global Challenges and Opportunities for Parliamentary Public Engagement during the Covid-19 Crisis

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Prior, A. and Kornberg, M. (2021). Global Challenges and Opportunities for Parliamentary Public Engagement during the Covid-19 Crisis. Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen. 52 (4). https://doi.org/10.5771/0340-1758-2021-4-776
AuthorsPrior, A. and Kornberg, M.
Abstract

During the Covid-19 crisis, parliamentarians and parliamentary staff faced a novel combi­nation of challenges to their existing functions . In responding to the Covid-19 crisis, parlia­ments were forced to re-examine their political and democratic roles, and in many cases restricted themselves to a small number of ‘core functions’ . Drawing on interviews and focus group undertaken for the third Global Parliamentary Report by the Inter-Parliamen­tary Union and the United Nations Development Programme, different approaches to public engagement by parliaments are assembled and their challenges and opportunities discussed . It shows that public engagement was side-lined in many parliaments while it was maintained or even received renewed attention in a few . This is especially true when it comes to procedural digital innovation and to outreach activities in remote areas and dias­pora communities . Thus the pandemic did accelerate changes that were already underway in some parliaments . It also showed the need for a renewed focus on parliamentary engage­ment not only in the crisis but also beyond

Year2021
JournalZeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen
Journal citation52 (4)
PublisherBaden Baden
ISSN0340-1758
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.5771/0340-1758-2021-4-776
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.5771/0340-1758-2021-4-776
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