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The publications series of the Center for Applied Political Research is published (starting with volume 23) with facultas.wuv Universitätsverlag (Facultas Verlags- und Buchhandels AG), A-1090 Wien/Vienna, Berggasse 5. Phone order: +43 1 310 53 56; Fax order: +43 1 319 70 50, E-Mail:
The following books have been published in our series up to now:


Volume 31

Fritz Plasser (ed.)
Politik in der Medienarena. Praxis politischer Kommunikation in Österreich
(Politics in the Media Arena. The Austrian Political Communication Praxis)
2010, 377 pages, EUR 32,-, SFr 53,90
ISBN 978-3-7089-0501-3

The volume reflects recent findings about Austria's political communication culture by discussing it from various perspectives and expounding its manifold problems.


Volume 30

Fritz Plasser/Peter A. Ulram (eds.)
Wechselwahlen. Analysen zur Nationalratswahl 2006
(Swing Vote. Analyses of the Austrian Parliamentary Elections 2006)
2007, 330 pages, EUR 29,-, SFr 48,90
ISBN 978-3-7089-0016-2

The volume delivers an in-depth analysis of the voting behavior, mobility and change at the Austrian Parliamentary Elections 2006 from different methodological perspectives.


Volume 29

Fritz Plasser (ed.)
Politische Kommunikation in Österreich. Ein praxisnahes Handbuch
(Political Communication in Austria. A Handbook)
2004, 501 pages, EUR 36,-, SFr 62,10
ISBN 3-85114-858-4

Based on comprehensive empirical data the book presents the findings of the first systematic analysis of the practice of political communication in Austria. Substantial chapters deal with the Austrian media system, the political journalism as well as the political PR.


Volume 28

Fritz Plasser/Peter A. Ulram (eds.)
Wahlverhalten in Bewegung. Analysen zur Nationalratswahl 2002
(Voting Behavior in Motion. Analyses of the Austrian Parliamentary Elections 2002)
2003, 232 pages, EUR 20,-, SFr 35,-
ISBN 3-85114-754-5

The volume delivers an in-depth analysis of the landslide character of the Austrian Parliamentary Elections 2002 from different methodological perspectives covering the dynamics and patterns of media coverage of the election campaign, the impact of the TV-confrontations of party leaders in the campaign as well as recent trends in and determinants of the Austrian voting behavior.


Volume 27

Fritz Plasser (with Gunda Plasser)
Globalisierung der Wahlkämpfe. Praktiken der Campaign Professionals im weltweiten Vergleich
(Global Political Campaigning. A Worldwide Analysis of Campaign Professionals and Their Practices)
2003, 489 pages, EUR 38,-, SFr 67,-
ISBN 3-85114-745-6

A comparative analysis of recent changes of campaign styles and practices based on data of the first worldwide survey among 592 campaign managers and political consultants from 45 countries covering the USA, Australia, Latin America, Western Europe, East Central Europe, Russia, South Africa, India, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. It provides insights into the professional role definitions and strategic orientations determining the future of electioneering in media-centered democracies.


Volume 26

Heinrich Neisser/Sonja Puntscher Riekmann (eds.)
Europäisierung der österreichischen Politik. Konsequenzen der EU-Mitgliedschaft
(Europeanization of Austrian Politics. Consequences of the EU Membership)
2002, 428 pages, EUR 36,-, SFr 63,-
ISBN 3-85114-680-8

The study tries to take stock of the first seven years of Austrian membership to the European Union with respect to the changes in the Austrian political and economic system and politics and outlines potential future developments of Austria in the EU.


Volume 25

Fritz Plasser/Peter A. Ulram
Das österreichische Politikverständnis. Von der Konsens- zur Konfliktkultur?
(The Austrian Understanding of Politics)
2002, 251 pages, EUR 22,-, SFr 39,-
ISBN 3-85114-684-0

Based on empirical data covering the last 30 years the study delivers an in-depth analysis of the Austrian understanding of politics and democracy. The research focus lies on long-term developments of political interest, styles of political information, political participation, party loyalties etc. and on recent social und political cleavages as well.


Volume 24

Oscar W. Gabriel/Volker Kunz/Sigrid Roßteutscher/Jan W. van Deth
Sozialkapital und Demokratie. Zivilgesellschaftliche Ressourcen im Vergleich
(Social Capital and Democracy)
2002, 283 pages, EUR 25,-, SFr 44,-
ISBN 3-85114-571-2

Based on data of several World and European Values Surveys the comparative study looks at the most important components of social capital and analyses structure, conditions and consequences of social capital in the countries studied.


Volume 23

Wolfgang C. Müller/Marcelo Jenny/Barbara Steininger/Martin Dolezal/Wilfried Philipp/Sabine Preisl-Westphal
Die österreichischen Abgeordneten. Individuelle Präferenzen und politisches Verhalten
(The Austrian Members of Parliament. Individual Preferences and Political Behavior)
2001, 571 pages, ATS 599,-, Euro 43,50
ISBN 3-85114-570-4

This project describes the job of an MP in Austria, looking at both the constituency work and the work in parliament. It explains different patterns of behaviour and identifies types of MPs. The study is based on personal interviews with all Austrian MPs and other original research.


Volume 22

Anton Pelinka/Fritz Plasser/Wolfgang Meixner (eds.)
Die Zukunft der österreichischen Demokratie. Trends, Prognosen und Szenarien
(The Future of the Austrian Democracy. Trends, Prognoses, and Scenarios)
2000, 487 pages, ATS 591,-
ISBN 3-85436-309-5

The study outlines potential future developments of the Austrian political system. Contributions cover the following topics: societal change, change in political culture and communication, institutional change, Austrian democracy after the change of the coalition government in 2000.


Volume 21

Fritz Plasser/Peter A. Ulram/Franz Sommer (eds.)
Das österreichische Wahlverhalten
(Voting Behavior in Austria)
2000, 477 pages, ATS 628,-
ISBN 3-85436-308-7

An interdisciplinary in-depth analysis of current trends, structural patterns, determinants and "critical" factors of the recent Austrian election campaigns and the voting behavior in the Austrian parliamentary elections as well as the elections to the Austrian Länder parliaments in 1999. Political scientists and public opinion pollsters focus their research on the following topics: context and competition framework of the electoral market in Austria; dynamics of voting decisions; trends and patterns of voting behaviour: issue-voting, split-voting; role of mass media in the election campaigns, etc. Case studies concerning recent trends in the voting behavior in Germany and Switzerland facilitate comparative analyses.


Volume 20

Peter Mair/Wolfgang C. Müller/Fritz Plasser (eds.)
Parteien auf komplexen Wählermärkten. Reaktionsstrategien politischer Parteien in Westeuropa
(Political Parties in Complex Electoral Markets. Strategies of Political Parties in Western Europe)
1999, 405 pages, ATS 518,-
ISBN 3-85436-306-0

Voter loyalties to political parties generally have been in decline in the US and Western Europe since the 1970s, in particular in the 1980s and 1990s. This volume investigates how political parties have perceived the process of electoral dealignment and how they have responded to it. The volume covers nine countries. Each of the country chapters is an analysis of how individual parties have dealt with the challenge of electoral dealignment. Each chapter focuses on the perception and responses of several parties to electoral dealignment in the 1980s and 1990s.


Volume 19

Ferdinand Karlhofer/Emmerich Tálos (eds.)
Zukunft der Sozialpartnerschaft. Veränderungsdynamik und Reformbedarf
(Future of the Austrian Social Partnership (Sozialpartnerschaft). Dynamics of Change and Need for Reforms)
1999, 301 pages, ATS 350,-
ISBN 3-85436-297-8

With numerous turbulences the 90es have been the most critical period in the history of the Austrian Sozialpartnerschaft. Analysts as well as practitioners now agree to the fact that this special institution in the Austrian political system must come to terms with changing conditions. In this sense, the "Austrocorporatism" and its capacity to act is examined systematically; at the same time the book outlines potential future developments of this crucial Austrian political institution.


Volume 18

Heinrich Neisser/Gerhard Hammerschmid (eds.)
Die innovative Verwaltung. Perspektiven des New Public Management in Österreich
(New Public Management in the context of the Austrian political-administrative system)
1998, 587 pages, ATS 475,-
ISBN 3-85436-280-3

The phenomenon of New Public Management (NPM) is surveyed by an interdisciplinary team of authors from five countries (Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand). Theoretical-conceptional and practitioners´ contributions give a detailed outline of the ideas of NPM from different points of view and report preliminary international experiences with their implementation. The book focuses on the examination of the political-administrative context in Austria and aims to work out the possibilities and practical consequences of transfering the ideas of NPM into the Austrian circumstances.


Volume 17

Gerda Falkner/Wolfgang C. Müller (eds.)
Österreich im europäischen Mehrebenensystem. Konsequenzen der EU-Mitgliedschaft für Politiknetzwerke und Entscheidungsprozesse
(Austria in the European Multi-Level System. The Impact of EU Membership on Policy Networks and Decision-Making in Austria)
1998, 251 pages, ATS 291,-
ISBN 3-85436-242-0

This volume looks at the social policy and environmental policy networks in Austria. It shows that membership in the EU has caused some significant changes in these policy networks. Changes in the formal rules of policy-making, increased demands on all national actors, and time pressure have affected the collective actors’ impact on policy-making. While the basic types of the social and environmental policy networks have not been changed, some collective actors (in particular the leading ministries) have gained influence while others (interest groups, the Parliament, and the Länder) have lost influence. There are also shifts of power between interest groups.


Volume 16

Jan Stankovsky/Fritz Plasser/Peter A. Ulram
On the Eve of EU Enlargement. Economic Developments and Democratic Attitudes in East Central Europe
1998, 241 pages, ATS 291,-
ISBN 3-85436-262-5

This study analyses the economic developments in the 10 Eastern European countries aspiring to join the European Union, as well as both the advantages and problems the currently 15 members will have in an enlarged EU. Besides their economic transition these countries have also participated in a process of democratic consolidation. Satisfaction with democracy and support for the democratic system and pluralistic rules of the game are analysed by means of empirical trend data, as are the personal expectations the people in these countries have regarding EU membership.


Volume 15

Max Preglau/Rudolf Richter (eds.)
Postmodernes Österreich? Konturen des Wandels in Wirtschaft, Gesellschaft, Politik und Kultur
(Postmodern Austria? Changes in Economy, Society, Politics and Culture)
1998, 393 Seiten, ATS 398,-
ISBN 3-85436-261-7 


Volume 14

Herbert Dachs/Franz Fallend/Elisabeth Wolfgruber
Länderpolitik. Politische Strukturen und Entscheidungsprozesse in den österreichischen Bundesländern
(Political Structures and Decision-Making Processes in the Austrian Länder)
1997, 433 Seiten, ATS 398,-
ISBN 3-85436-243-9


Volume 13

Wolfgang C. Müller/Kaare Strøm (eds.)
Koalitionsregierungen in Westeuropa. Bildung, Arbeitsweise und Beendigung
(Coalition Governments in Western Europe)
1997, 752 Seiten, ATS 584,-
ISBN 3-85436-241-2


Volume 12

Peter Gerlich (ed.)
Österreichs Nachbarstaaten. Innen- und außenpolitische Perspektiven
(Austria´s Neighbour States. Perspectives of Internal and Foreign Policy)
1997, 323 Seiten, ATS 350,-
ISBN 3-85436-220-X


Volume 11

Fritz Plasser/Peter A. Ulram/Günther Ogris (eds.)
Wahlkampf und Wählerentscheidung. Analysen zur Nationalratswahl 1995
(Election Campaign and Voting Decision. Analyses of the Austrian Parliamentary Elections 1995)
1996, 407 Seiten, ATS 398,-
ISBN 3-85436-199-8


Volume 10

Anton Pelinka/Christian Smekal (eds.)
Kammern auf dem Prüfstand. Vergleichende Analysen institutioneller Funktionsbedingungen
(Testing the Austrian Chambers (Kammern). Comparative analyses of institutional conditions)
1996, 196 Seiten, ATS 248,-
ISBN 3-85436-198-X


Volume 9

Ferdinand Karlhofer/Emmerich Tálos
Sozialpartnerschaft und EU. Integrationsdynamik und Handlungsrahmen der österreichischen Sozialpartnerschaft
(Social Partnership (Sozialpartnerschaft) and the European Union. Dynamics of Integration and Action Framework of the Austrian Sozialpartnerschaft)
1996, 226 Seiten, ATS 278,-
ISBN 3-85436-185-8


Volume 8

Wolfgang C. Müller/Fritz Plasser/Peter A. Ulram (Hg.)
Wählerverhalten und Parteienwettbewerb. Analysen zur Nationalratswahl 1994
(Voting Behaviour and Party Competition. Analyses of the Austrian Parliamentary Elections 1994)
1995, 582 Seiten, ATS 540,-
ISBN 3-85436-167-X


Volume 7

Wolfgang Mantl (Hg.)
Effizienz der Gesetzesproduktion. Abbau der Regelungsdichte im internationalen Vergleich
(Efficiency of the Making of Laws. International Comparison of Reduction of the Regulation Density)
1995, 350 Seiten, ATS 348,-
ISBN 3-85436-166-1


Volume 6

Anton Pelinka (Hg.)
EU-Referendum. Zur Praxis direkter Demokratie in Österreich
(EU-Referendum. The Practice of Direct Democracy in Austria)
1994, 206 Seiten, ATS 280,-
ISBN 3-85436-165-3


Volume 5

Peter Gerlich/Heinrich Neisser (Hg.)
Europa als Herausforderung. Wandlungsimpulse für das politische System Österreichs
(Europe as Challenge. Change Impetus for the Austrian Political System)
1994, 244 Seiten, ATS 290,-
ISBN 3-85436-159-9


Volume 4

Ernst Bruckmüller
Österreichbewußtsein im Wandel. Identität und Selbstverständnis in den 90er Jahren
(Changes in the Austrian National Identity in the Nineties)
1994, 200 Seiten, vergriffen


Volume 3

Holger Rust (Hg.)
Europa-Kampagnen. Dynamik öffentlicher Meinungsbildung in Dänemark, Frankreich und der Schweiz
(Euro-Campaigns. The Dynamic of Public Opinion Formation in Denmark, France and Switzerland)
1993, 234 Seiten, ATS 290,-
ISBN 3-85436-144-0


Volume 2

Fritz Plasser/Peter A. Ulram (Hg.)
Transformation oder Stagnation? Aktuelle politische Trends in Osteuropa
(Transformation or Stagnation? Current Political Trends in East Europe)
1993, 251 Seiten, ATS 310,-
ISBN 3-85436-143-2


Volume 1

Wolfgang Mazal
Pensionierung bei geminderter Arbeitsfähigkeit
(Early Retirement on the Basis of Reduced Capacity to Work)
1993, 107 Seiten, ATS 150,-
ISBN 3-85436-141-6

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