The Coronavirus crisis has exerted a major social and economic shock in countries worldwide. Both the pandemic itself, as well as the crisis management policies resulting from it, could entail big changes for the representation of different social and economic interests in public policy. The Interest Representation during the Coronavirus Crisis (InterCov) Project was initiated in May 2020 with the aim of assessing these effects of Covid-19 on interest representation and political advocacy.
How did interest groups and companies represent their political interests during the Coronavirus crisis? How has this crisis affected their ability to mobilise, and express their views and needs to decision-makers? Who did decision-makers listen to? What forms of support have governments offered to interest groups and have have these impacted the organisations' stability?
Our team collected data from politically active interest groups and companies in ten polities in Europe, namely in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Italy, France, and at the European Union (EU)-level. From early June to mid-July 2020, a first online survey was conducted among ca. 6.000 organisations and large firms to assess the short-term effects of the crisis. From late June to early August 2021 we conducted a second survey to collect data on medium - to long terms effects of the pandemic.
About the Surveys
Junk, W.M., M., Crepaz, M., Hanegraaff, J., Berkhout, E., Aizenberg (2020). Interest Representation during the Corona Virus Crisis: Results from the European Union and Nine European Countries. Summary Report)
For an overview of all survey questions, please see our general codebook.
Junk, W.M., M., Crepaz, M., Hanegraaff, J., Berkhout, E., Aizenberg (2020). InterCov Project: Online Survey on Interest Representation during Covid-19. First Edition : June – July 2020
Junk, W.M., M., Crepaz, M., Hanegraaff, J., Berkhout, E., Aizenberg (2020). InterCov Project: Online Survey on Interest Representation during Covid-19. Second Edition : June – August 2021
Junk, W. M., Berkhout, J., Crepaz, M., & Hanegraaff, M. (2023). Advocacy intelligence and competition: Assessing lobbyists' sharing of tactical knowledge in focus group interviews. Governance. Open Access.
Crepaz, M., Junk, W. M., M. Hanegraaff & J. Berkhout (2022). Viral Lobbying: Strategies, Access and Influence During the COVID-19 Pandemic. De Gruyter: Berlin. Open Access.
Junk, W. M., M. Crepaz, M. Hanegraaff, J. Berkhout & E. Aizenberg (2021). Changes in Interest Group Access in Times of Crisis: No Pain, No (Lobby) Gain. Journal of European Public Policy. Open Access.
Crepaz, M., M. Hanegraaff, W. M. Junk (2022). Is there a first mover advantage in lobbying? A comparative analysis of how the timing of mobilization affects the influence of interest organizations in 10 polities. Comparative Political Studies. Open Access.
Junk, W.M., M., Crepaz, and E., Aizenberg (2021) ‘Fight or flight? An elite survey experiment on the effects of access barriers and interest disruption on the activities of interest organisations in 10 polities across Europe’, Preliminary Draft, March 2021.
Junk, W. M., and M. Crepaz. New evidence shows Coronavirus crushed citizen groups across Europe. On 3Streams Blog
In the future, the project team will make other project outcomes and research outlets available here.
InterCov in the Media
Mandagmorgen (2020) Ny undersøgelse nuancerer billedet af en regering, der kun lytter til sig selv.
L’espresso (2020) Così le lobby etiche difendono i beni comuni: e sono sempre più ascoltate.
The Huffington Post Italy (2020) Nell’emergenza i forti prosperano e i deboli soccombono.
The Good Lobby. In the COVID-19 emergency, the strong thrive and the weak die out in the policy space. Blog post.
Politiken (2020). Debatindlæg om Minklobbyisme.
The Good Lobby Italy (2020) Il digitale ha ridotto la distanza tra politica e società civile?
Talks and Events
Book Launch Event of Viral Lobbying at Maastricht University Brussels Campus, November 2022. Podcast available
Paper presentations at the General Conference of the PSAI, October 2022
Paper presentations at the ECPR General Conference (European Consortium for Political Research), August 2021 and 2022
Contribution to Webinar 'Lobbying in Times of Covid-19', Maastricht University Brussels Campus
Invited Talk "Lobbying in Times of Covid-19", SDU Politikuge, February 2021
Mini-conference in cooperation with the Public Relations Institute of Ireland, November 2020
Talk about the InterCov project at the Danish Public Affairs Rud Pedersen, November 2020
Series of Webinars on the Survey Report, October 2020