Forerunners vs. Latecomers - Institutional Competition in the German Federalism During the Covid Crisis

29 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2023

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Lukas Breide

Ilmenau University of Technology

Oliver Budzinski

Ilmenau University of Technology

Thomas Grebel

TU Ilmenau

Juliane Mendelsohn

Ilmenau University of Technology

Abstract

The COVID pandemic caused the political competition between the prime ministers of the German states to reach its peak. Whoever is the best at announcing, launching, or implementing policies to combat the pandemic can hope to capitalize most politically. In this paper, we attempt to document which state leaders are forerunners or latecomers in this political competition, when going more into depth of a region's contextual factors. Based on several databases, we perform a survival analysis to compare state leaders' relative determination to implement COVID policies.  As our  results show, the forerunners in the political discourse are not necessarily forerunners in the implementation, nor in the enforcement of COVID policies.

Keywords: Corona, COVID, political competition, institutions, survival analysis

Suggested Citation

Breide, Lukas and Budzinski, Oliver and Grebel, Thomas and Mendelsohn, Juliane, Forerunners vs. Latecomers - Institutional Competition in the German Federalism During the Covid Crisis. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4620964 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4620964

Lukas Breide

Ilmenau University of Technology ( email )

Ilmenau
Germany

Oliver Budzinski

Ilmenau University of Technology ( email )

Ilmenau, D-98684
Germany

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Thomas Grebel (Contact Author)

TU Ilmenau ( email )

Ehrenbergstr. 29
Ilmenau, Thuringia D-98684
Germany

Juliane Mendelsohn

Ilmenau University of Technology ( email )

Germany

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