Research Agenda: Covid Pandemic – Democracy – Populism


Research in this area is devoted to the question of the subjective affectedness of citizens by the COVID-19 pandemic and what impact this has on political behavior. Particular emphasis is placed on the interaction between populism and the pandemic, or between concern and populist or radical attitudes. In connection with this topic we also conducted our own survey in Austria. Several project proposals and studies are currently in progress.


Key Publications

Journal Articles


  • Heinisch, Reinhard / Annika Werner (2023). The strange Bedfellows of Populism and Liberalism: The effect of populist attitudes on the perception of the COVID-19 pandemic and policies to contain it, in: Comparative European Politics (first online 23 Oct 2023).

Book Chapters