COVID-19 Pandemic – Battle of Narratives: Social Constructivism as a Defence Mechanism

Keywords: Czechia, Slovakia, Slovenia, COVID-19, Social constructivism, Social relativism


The article analyses the development of the COVID-19 pandemic situation in Slovakia, Czechia and Slovenia in the frame of expert, political and administrative narratives. The argumentative part mainly focuses on the development of the narrative in Slovenia and uses the examples from the Czech Republic and Slovakia as the reference frame. Information was collected from the various national media outlets and organized into the comparative time frames and compared with the epidemiological data. Slovenian inconsistencies in communication patterns developed into the complete disintegration of the pandemic crisis management and into the struggle for the supremacy of personal political agenda. As a case study, the article shows the constructivist relativism through the comparison of data and government-media narrative. Thus, the article addresses the issues of relativism on the one hand and of narrative absolutism on the other. The main aim is a critical presentation of “a crisis event” in connection to the government authorities spin on an event according to their political goals. The given case, due to a rather short period, strong media coverage and high data availability, shows inconsistencies of epidemiological data interpretation, resulting in multiple realities, causing multiple responses that paralysed effective decision-making as well as effective policy measures.


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How to Cite
Pinterič, U. and Clarič-Jakše, L.-M. (2023) “COVID-19 Pandemic – Battle of Narratives: Social Constructivism as a Defence Mechanism”, Slovak Journal of Political Sciences, 23(2), pp. 151-171. doi: