|||Solidarity in times of a pandemic: What do people do, and why? A comparative and longitudinal qualitative study (SolPan)|
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COVID-19 pandemic poses unprecedented challenges for policymakers,
public health officials, and societies. The social and economic effects
are likely to be felt for years to come. This situation calls for an
examination of how people react to policy measures that have been
introduced, and what actions they take on their own initiative over and
above the official advice by governments. What motivates citizens to
follow, adapt to, or ignore, the advice of public authorities? What do
they do to protect themselves, and to support others – and what roles do
technologies play in fostering solidaristic practices? What, or who, do
people trust in these uncertain times? What do people need to feel safe
at the time of crisis? Can we identify policy measures, or approaches
and instruments, that are more or less successful in motivating people
to follow them?
The project examines these important questions
in different European countries,
including Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the
Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, as well as
non-European countries (with potentially other countries being added
later in the process). ICS-UM and ISPUP will conduct the data collection and analysis for the Portuguese arm of the study.
We use a multi-sited qualitative
research design involving in-depth open-ended interviews. The
qualitative longitudinal study design allows us not only to identify
differences and similarities in how people responded to the pandemic and
the ensuing policy measures, but also why. These findings are expected
to generate valuable evidence for policies for pandemic preparedness,
prevention and containment in the countries under study, and beyond.
Solidarity, pandemic, Covid-19, common good, inequalities.
University of Vienna
Institute for International Affairs, Centre National de la Recherche
Scientifique (CNRS), ICS-University of Minho, ISPUP, King’s College
London, KU Leuven, London School of Economics (LSE), Oxford University,
Radboud University, Technical University of Munich, University College
Dublin, and University of Copenhagen.