This article published in The Theory and Practice of Legislation argues that covid-19 poses a unique and complex challenge for legislatures; resulting from the characteristics of this pandemic and the ways they interact with the fundamental institutional features of legislatures; the typical demographic traits of legislators; the psychological biases that can prejudice legislatures’ ability to evaluate the risk; and the effects of emergencies on legislatures.

The article then delves into an in-depth case study analysis of Israel to analyze how the pandemic particularly challenges parliaments in countries where covid-19 coincides with a pre-existing political crisis.

The article was written by Dr. Ittai Bar-Siman-Tov, Faculty of Law, Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

Read and download the article here.