First published in 1989. Political science in Austria is a relatively young discipline. It began to gradually establish itself in the 60's and only as recently as 1971 was it anchored in the curriculum of Austrian universities as a separate field of study. With the present book in English the editors hope to stimulate the interest of international social scientists in Austria, to overcome language barriers, and to make the topical problems and developments of Austrian democracy accessible to an international reading public. The book is intended to reflect the current state of a discipline-political science. However, it is also to be a contribution to the further development of this discipline. It should stimulate further, intensive and critical occupation with the theme "parties and the party system in Austria."
Table of Contents
Compared to What? The Austrian Party System in an International Comparison, Decline of the Party State and the Rise of Parliamentarianism: Change within the Austrian Party System The Austrian Party System between Erosion and Innovation: An Empirical Long-term Analysis Major Parties on the Defensive: The Austrian Party- and Electoral Landscape after the 1986 National Council Election 1986-The Year of Election Surprises: From the Perspective of the Electoral Behavior Theory Factors of Voting Behavior: Why Do Austrian Voters Vote the Way They Do? Voting Behavior and the Party System: The Internal Structure of the SPO, OVP and FPO Electorates, Citizen Lists and Green-Alternative Parties in Austria, Changing Issues in the Austrian Party System, National Consciousness and National Identity: A Contribution to the Political Culture of the Austrian Party System Between Alternative and Established Forms of Political Participation: Young Austrians and the Austrian Party System between 1960 and 1987, Reform Tendencies in the Austrian Party System, Between Old Symbolic Worlds and New Challenges: A Glance at the Internal Life of the Parties , The States and the Austrian Party System, Party Patronage in Austria: Theoretical Considerations and Empirical Findings, Party Funding in Austria , The Legal Status of Political Parties, Recruitment and Recruitment Strategies, The Austrian Way?
Anton Pelinka is professor of political science at Innsbruck University and director of the Institute of Conflict Research in Vienna.