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Kriesi, Hanspeter ; Oana, Ioana Elena
Protest in unlikely times: dynamics of collective mobilization in Europe during the COVID-19 crisis – Journal of European Public Policy
08/11/2022
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Kriesi, Hanspeter ; Oana, Ioana Elena

Based on an original protest event analysis (PEA) dataset covering 30 European countries, this paper provides three sets of results. Despite its unlikeliness due to lockdowns and social distancing measures, protest during COVID-19 has hardly been put to a halt even if, as a result of the restrictions imposed by the lockdown measures on the opportunities of public collective actions, protest occurred at significantly lower levels compared to pre-COVID-19 times, in terms of number of events and, above all, in terms of the number of participants. Moreover, protest was refocused on COVID-19-related issues, in particular on protest against the restrictions imposed by the government lockdowns, while non-COVID-19 issues, in particular economic issues, were crowded out. In addition, protest during the COVID-19-crisis also responded to highly contingent national context conditions which varied between the different regions of Europe.

To cite this article:

Hanspeter Kriesi & Ioana-Elena Oana (2022) Protest in unlikely times: dynamics of collective mobilization in Europe during the COVID-19 crisis, Journal of European Public Policy, DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2022.2140819
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