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Peculiarities of Austrian Democracy

The Austrian form of controlled democracy, typified by two big, dominant party blocs and the social partnership and termed Proporz (proportional), or concordant, democracy, was certainly a special case of the generally rather restricted development of democracy in Europe after 1945; by the 1960s many were already talking, in exaggerated language, of a demo-dictatorship. But this development had its reasons. In the collective self-image of Austrians, the Second Republic had been constructed as the deliberate opposite of the conflict- and violence-oriented First Republic, and the collaboration of the big political blocs retained its positive associations right into the 1950s.

Peculiarities of Austrian DemocracyThe Austrian form of controlled democracy, typified by two big, dominant party blocs and the social partnership and termed Proporz (proportional), or concordant, democracy, was certainly a special case of the gene
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