The Pandemic and Political Alienation in Germany

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Wed. 10.04. 17:45



Author – Andreas Hövermann.

Based on eleven waves of the WSI-labor force panel (N=5,000-7,500, April 2020 – December 2023), this talk presents findings on the extent of pandemic-induced strains and worries and its impact on political alienation in Germany. It is on the one hand focused on specific socio-demographic groups such as parents – particularly mothers – and the economically disadvantaged, who turned out to be highly affected by the implications of the pandemic and who stood out with particularly high levels of dissatisfaction with the Federal government. On the other hand, findings on the relations between worries and strains during the pandemic and the recent rise in voting intentions for the right-wing populist party AfD are presented.