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Title The Schüssel era in Austria / Günter Bischof, Fritz Plasser (editions.).

Publication Info. New Orleans, Louisiana : UNO Press, [2010]


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Series Contemporary Austrian studies ; v. 18
Contemporary Austrian studies ; v. 18.
Summary Wolfgang Schüssel was a dominating actor in the Austrian political arena over a period of twenty years. He served as minister of economics (1989-1995), and vice chancellor and foreign minister (1995-2000) in ÖVP/SPÖ grand coalition governments. As chairman of the ÖVP (1995-2007), he brought his conservative party out of the political wilderness of opposition and playing junior partner in coalitions with the SPÖ. He dominated Austrian politics as chancellor (2000-2007) in a small coalition with Jörg Haider's controversial aggressively nationalist FPÖ. Schüssel tried to domesticate the Freedomites by holding them on a tight leash in his coalition government. He needed the FPÖ to accomplish his neoliberal economic and social reform agenda, while at the same time the FPÖ undermined Schüssel's EU policies. The essays in this volume argue that Schüssel's political record and legacy are ambiguous. With a confrontational style of governance he unleashed big reforms such as trimming the hidebound pension system and giving more autonomy to higher education. In the process he undermined Austria's consensual social partnership. His record of supporting the European Union agenda is ambivalent. Austrian public opinion in support of the EU declined precipitously. He was a superb tactician and negotiator yet failed to achieve broad popular acceptance for his ambitious reforms. His imprint on Austrian history is so significant that many of the authors of the essays in this volume call it zthe Schüssel era.y
Der von Günter Bischof und Fritz Plasser herausgegebene Band der Reihe Contemporary Austrian Studies beschäftigt sich mit Wolfgang Schüssel, der über 20 Jahre die österreichische Politik mitgestaltete. Schüssel galt einerseits als herausragender Taktierer und Verhandler, setzte andererseits umstrittene Reformen und manövrierte mit seiner Mitte-Rechts-Regierung Österreich ins politische Abseits. Wenngleich es ihm nicht gelungen ist, alle seine Vorhaben durchzusetzen, ist "die Schüssel Ära" in die Geschichte Österreichs eingegangen.
Subject Schüssel, Wolfgang.
Schüssel, Wolfgang -- Political and social views.
Schüssel, Wolfgang -- Influence.
Österreichische Volkspartei -- Biography.
Schüssel, Wolfgang. (OCoLC)fst00151129
Österreichische Volkspartei. (OCoLC)fst00514951
Austria -- Politics and government -- 1945-
Prime ministers -- Austria -- Biography.
Politicians -- Austria -- Biography.
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.) (OCoLC)fst00972484
Political and social views. (OCoLC)fst01353986
Politicians. (OCoLC)fst01069915
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
Prime ministers. (OCoLC)fst01076416
Austria. (OCoLC)fst01204901
Chronological Term Since 1945
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
Added Author Bischof, Günter, 1953-
Plasser, Fritz, 1948-
Other Form: Print version: 9781608010097 1608010090 (DLC) 2009936824 (OCoLC)468973040
ISBN 9781608011360 (electronic book)
1608011364 (electronic book)
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