Quotation Plümper, Thomas, Neumayer, Eric, Pfaff, Katharina Gabriela. 2021. The strategy of protest against Covid‐19 containment policies in Germany. Social Science Quarterly. 102 (5), 2236-2250.




Objectives The article analyzes the epidemiological and political logics of protest against containment policies in Germany. To maximize the mobilization potential, protest organizers organize more protest events when Covid-19 mortality rates are low, the stringency of containment policies is high, and in districts in which the vote share of mainstream parties is traditionally low. Method Using a negative binomial model, we analyze the number of protest events in a sample of 401 German districts over the period from March to May 2020. Results We find robust positive predicted effects of the stringency of containment policies and negative predicted effects for the mortality rate and the strengths of mainstream parties. Conclusion We interpret these findings as evidence of the strategic behavior of protest organizers that target protest participation and mobilization to keep the movement alive and potentially grow it.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Social Science Quarterly
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, VW-C
Language English
Title The strategy of protest against Covid‐19 containment policies in Germany
Volume 102
Number 5
Year 2021
Page from 2236
Page to 2250
Reviewed? Y
URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/ssqu.13066
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ssqu.13066
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/ssqu.13066


Plümper, Thomas (Details)
Pfaff, Katharina Gabriela (Details)
Neumayer, Eric (London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), United Kingdom)
Institute for Sociology and Social Research IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5118 Political science (Details)
5325 Political economics (Details)
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