Author Archives: exceptius

EXCEPTIUS 1st wave dataset is available online!

We are thrilled to announce that the first version of the EXCEPTIUS dataset, covering the 1st wave (February 2020 – June 2020) of COVID-19 related measures is published online! The dataset follows the rules of Open Access, and is available for everyone. The codebook is included; you can also consult the codebook online.

You can find the dataset here.

New publications alert

We have happy to announce that our colleagues at the University of Luxembourg have published two papers on COVID-19 topic. Go check them out!

Glaurdić, Josip, Christophe Lesschaeve, and Michal Mochtak (2021) Coronavirus pandemic response and voter choice: Evidence from Serbia and Croatia. Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 54 (4): 197–214.

Lesschaeve, Christophe, Josip Glaurdić, and Michal Mochtak (2021) Health versus wealth: Saving lives or saving the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic? Public Opinion Quarterly, 85(3): 808–835.

Corpus dataset is available online!

For those of you who have missed the release of our corpus of COVID-19 related legal acts: in collaboration with the linguistic team of the University of Groningen, we have developed an automatic annotation model of documents. The dataset is currently comprised of 21 countries, but we plan to expand it to all countries covered in the project. Follow this link to see and download the dataset.

Webinar Series on Democracy in Distress: Protesting in times of Covid-19

When:Th 27-05-2021 16:00 – 17:30

From the series: Democracy in Distress we are presenting the second webinar on ‘Protesting in times of Covid-19’

Find the LIVE LINK here.

Since the contagion of Covid-19 developed into a worldwide pandemic, governments around the world have introduced a plethora of exceptional measures to combat the spread of the virus. There has been a high degree of volatility associated with public responses to such measures, ranging from high degree of compliance and support to outright public protests. In some cases, protests directly targeted Covid-19 containment measures while in others, the pandemic reinforced pre-existing social movements. What are the drivers of protests in times of Covid-19? How has the pandemic exacerbated political and social divides? What makes democracies more immune from protests than others? The second webinar of the Democracies In Distress series will gather experts from a variety of countries to provide insights into the causes and significance of protests in times of Covid-19.


  • Liliana Zambrano, University of Deusto (Spain) and Pedro Valenzuela, Profesor Titular Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Relaciones Internacionales, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, will focus on the protests in Colombia
  • Maciej Kowalewski, Professor, University of Szczecin (Poland), will provide an analysis on both the relationship between the Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Covid-19 in the United States and the protests from women’s rights in Poland
  • Raul Magni Berton, Professor of Political Science, University of Grenoble (France) and Sarah Moretti, MA research assistant, will analyse the impact of Covid-19 on the protests in France
  • William Yang, correspondent of the Deutsche Welle in East Asia, will speak on the protests that have occurred in Hong Kong

Presentations will be followed by a debate with the audience.

Webinar Series on Democracy in Distress – ‘Holding elections and voting in times of Covid-19’

When:Th 29-04-2021 16:00 – 17:30

From the series: Democracy in Distress we are presenting the first webinar on ‘Holding elections and voting in times of Covid-19’


For more than one year now, the Covid-19 crisis has affected our private and public life in ways we would have never foreseen. In particular, the outbreak has had a significant impact on democratic processes all over the world. Elections and votes are no exception to this rule. In some countries, elections have been postponed, votes – even constitutional ones – have been suspended. In others, electoral rules have been dramatically adapted and innovations have taken place to ensure democratic continuity. This first webinar of the Democracies Under Stress series will gather experts from different countries to share their experience and lessons learned of holding elections and voting in time of the Covid-19 crisis.

  • The seminar will start with a global overview of the impacts of Covid-19 on electoral processes presented by Erik Asplund, Programme Officer, International IDEA

His intervention will be followed by the analysis of different case studies by:

  • David Altman, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile will focus on the constitutional process in Chile
  • Edalina Rodgrigues Sanches, Assistant Professor, ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon (Portugal)  will provide a comparative analysis of the situation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Joe Mathews, California editor for Zócalo Public Square, Arizona State University’s School of Public Affairs will reflect on the last US Presidential election and votes at the local level
  • Simon Ootjes, University of Leiden will analyse the impact of the Covid-19 on the General Elections in the Netherlands

Presentations will be followed by a debate with the audience.

« Older Entries