Assessing Parliament’s Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic
Keywords:Parliament, legislature, Epidemic Response Committee, scrutiny, accountability, legislation, national emergency, pandemic response
Parliament had to discharge its constitutional role in unprecedented conditions following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. How did it fare? This article assesses Parliament’s response to the pandemic across its core constitutional functions of legislating, scrutinising, financing, representing and providing a government. It argues that Parliament’s response was remarkably effective and resulted in meaningful permanent changes to the legislature’s operation. Nonetheless, the response also highlighted opportunities for further institutional strengthening regarding Parliament’s role in a national emergency.
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