Measuring Legislative Activity during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Introducing the ParlAct and ParlTech Indexes

International Journal of Parliamentary Studies (Forthcoming, 2021)

14 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2021

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Ittai Bar-Siman-Tov

Bar-Ilan University Law Faculty

Olivier Rozenberg

Sciences Po

Cyril Benoît

Sciences Po

Israel Waismel-Manor

University of Haifa

Asaf Levanon

University of Haifa

Date Written: March 2, 2021

Abstract

This research note introduces two novel indexes designed to measure legislative activity (ParlAct) and use of digital devices to maintain legislative functions (ParlTech) during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also introduce a novel comprehensive dataset on the functioning of legislatures during a critical period of the pandemic, providing scores of 152 domestic legislatures on both ParlAct and ParlTech indexes. Finally, we argue that both indexes could also serve as templates for future research on legislative activity during other pandemics, crises and contingencies.

Keywords: COVID-19; coronavirus; legislatures; parliaments; legislative activity; crisis; index

Suggested Citation

Bar-Siman-Tov, Ittai and Rozenberg, Olivier and Benoît, Cyril and Waismel-Manor, Israel and Levanon, Asaf, Measuring Legislative Activity during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Introducing the ParlAct and ParlTech Indexes (March 2, 2021). International Journal of Parliamentary Studies (Forthcoming, 2021), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3796403

Ittai Bar-Siman-Tov (Contact Author)

Bar-Ilan University Law Faculty ( email )

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Olivier Rozenberg

Sciences Po ( email )

28 Rue des Saint-Peres
Paris, Paris 75006
France

Cyril Benoît

Sciences Po ( email )

28 Rue des Saint-Peres
Paris, Paris 75006
France

Israel Waismel-Manor

University of Haifa ( email )

Mount Carmel
Haifa, 31905
Israel

Asaf Levanon

University of Haifa ( email )

Mount Carmel
Haifa, 31905
Israel

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