Parliaments have faced significant challenges during the pandemic. In addition to social distancing rules resulting in chambers being closed or suspended, the response to Covid-19 has seen an increase in executive rule-making powers. The LAC19 country reports allowed us to record whether a country’s parliament was closed, suspended, or reduced. We were also able to record more detailed information on the operation of parliaments that remained open, including the reduction of debates and committee proceedings. In addition to the impact on the operation of parliaments, we were able to gather information on how pandemic legislation was scrutinised and the degree of consensus between political parties over changes to parliamentary procedure. The Parliaments dataset can be accessed here.
Parliaments Briefing Paper 1