Changing Patterns of Party Competition in Austria: From Multipolar to Bipolar System

  title={Changing Patterns of Party Competition in Austria: From Multipolar to Bipolar System},
  author={Wolfgang C. M{\"u}ller and Franz Fallend},
  journal={West European Politics},
  pages={801 - 835}
The Austrian party system has entered a new phase since the controversial ÖVP-FPÖ coalition came into office in February 2000. The party system literature offers two contradicting expectations about party system mechanics in multi-party systems without relevant extremist parties: competition structured by party alliances and strictly competitive relations between government and opposition parties (as suggested by Sartori 1976) versus competition structured by individual parties and some mix of… Expand
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