The 2016 Austrian Presidential Election: A Tale of Three Divides

Gavenda, Mario and Umit, Resul (2016) The 2016 Austrian Presidential Election: A Tale of Three Divides. Regional & Federal Studies, 26 (3), pp. 419-432.

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The 2016 Austrian presidential election was remarkably different than the previous ones in the history of the country characterized by its stable political system. Not only did it open the role of president in Austria to debate, but it also sidelined the two political parties that had dominated Austrian politics since World War II. Alexander Van der Bellen won the election with one of the closest margins in recent history. This article argues that the election divided the country in more than one way. Besides the near 50–50 divide between the candidates, the results show that it generated important dynamics in territorial politics as well, notably in the states and cities of Austria. These results point towards a party system transformation in Austrian politics. (author's abstract)

Item Type: Article in Academic Journal
Keywords: Presidential election; Austria; urban–rural divide; right-wing populism; party system transformation
Research Units: Divisions > Former Research Groups > European Integration
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2016 07:11
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2018 00:38
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/13597566.2016.1206528

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