The strategy of protest against Covid‐19 containment policies in Germany

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Pfaff, Katharina; Eric Neumayer & Thomas Pluemper (2021) The strategy of protest against Covid‐19 containment policies in Germany, Social Science Quarterly. DOI: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/ssqu.13066.

Objectives

The article analyzes the epidemiological and political logics of protest against containment policies in Germany. To maximize the mobilization potential, protest organizers organize more protest events when Covid‐19 mortality rates are low, the stringency of containment policies is high, and in districts in which the vote share of mainstream parties is traditionally low.

Method

Using a negative binomial model, we analyze the number of protest events in a sample of 401 German districts over the period from March to May 2020.

Results

We find robust positive predicted effects of the stringency of containment policies and negative predicted effects for the mortality rate and the strengths of mainstream parties.

Conclusion

We interpret these findings as evidence of the strategic behavior of protest organizers that target protest participation and mobilization to keep the movement alive and potentially grow it.pf

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/ssqu.13066

Authors

Eric Neumayer

Eric Neumayer

External Associate

Katharina Pfaff

Katharina Pfaff

Visiting Researcher