Konsensdemokratie unter Druck? Politischer Protest in Österreich, 1975-2005..

[Consensus democracy under pressure? Political protest in Austria, 1975-2005]. with Martin Dolezal. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft 36(3) 2007, 337-352.

English Abstract:
In this article we analyse the extent, the form, and the thematic focus of political protest in Austria from 1975 to 2005. The developments of the 1990s and especially the protests against the formation of the ÖVP-FPÖ coalition government were understood to indicate a change towards a higher conflict intensity in Austrian politics. Based on findings of a systematic longitudinal analysis of political protest we dismiss such an interpretation. The results of a content analysis of the media coverage of protest events indicate a moderately increased level of mobilisation since the 1990s but no clear break with decades that were more consensus oriented. Unconventional political participation is still less frequent than in other West European countries.

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