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This book takes a close look inside political parties, bringing together the findings of an international team of leading scholars. Building on a unique set of cross-national data on party organizations, the contributors set out to explain how parties organize, how they have changed and how they have adapted to the changing political and organizational circumstances in which they find themselves. The contributors are recognized authorities on the party systems of their countries, and have all been involved in gathering data on party membership, party finance and the internal structure of power. They add to the analysis of these original data an expert knowledge of the wider political patterns in their countries, and thus p

The Development of Austrian Party Organizations in the Post-war Period
The development of austrian party organizations in the post-war period
Wolfgang C.Müller

This chapter is concerned with the post-war organizational development of the four parties which have been represented in the Austrian parliament since the mid-1980s: the Social Democrats (SPÖ — before 1991, the Socialists), the People's Party (ÖVP), the Freedom Party (FPÖ) and the Green Alternative (GA — also known as the Greens).1 Three other parties which have also been (or still are) represented in parliament during the post-war period — the Communist Party (KPÖ), the League of Independents (VdU), which was the predecessor of the FPÖ, and the Liberal Forum (LF), which was established as a breakaway from the FPÖ in 1993 —have been largely ...

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