The EGAP network, like everyone else, is grappling with the rapid spread of COVID-19, and this has led us to look for ways that social science can contribute to our understanding of best responses to this pandemic as well as its consequences for a wide range of outcomes. EGAP is particularly well placed to provide insights from our members’ research on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on governance and how governance-related factors moderate the effects of COVID-19 across multiple regions and subregions of the planet. To this end, EGAP will launch an RFP for small grants to support Global South based researchers in partnership with EGAP members pursuing new insights.
Two particular themes we will explore are:
- Elections and the COVID-19 Crisis: electoral administration, participation, and effects of the crisis on campaigning and political behavior;
- Inequality and the COVID-19 Crisis: how the crisis might exacerbate inequalities and related conflicts, and what governance arrangements can mitigate such effects.