Austria: Imperfect Parliamentarism but Fully-fledged Party Democracy

Wolfgang C. Müller

in Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780198297840
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602016 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics

Austria: Imperfect Parliamentarism but Fully-fledged Party Democracy

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Reviews the mechanisms of delegation and accountability in post-war Austria. Discusses how political parties structure these processes and analyses the institutional constraints on parliamentary democracy. While the institutional framework makes Austria an imperfect parliamentary system, it is a fully fledged party democracy.

Keywords: cabinet; civil servants; constitutional amendments; constitutional court; electoral system; federalism; legislation; parliamentary control; political parties; president/head of state

Chapter.  15343 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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