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Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions in the Twenty-First Century$
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Elin Haugsgjerd Allern and Tim Bale

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198790471

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198790471.001.0001

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A Dying Embrace?

A Dying Embrace?

Interlocked Party–Union Directorates in Austria’s Cartel Democracy

(p.70) 4 A Dying Embrace?
Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions in the Twenty-First Century

Kurt Richard Luther

Oxford University Press

Austria was once a near-archetypical consociational democracy. Its densely organized ‘pillar parties’ (SPÖ and ÖVP) controlled extensive subcultural networks that included trade union organizations. They also dominated Austrian neo-corporatism, both as governing parties and through their formally non-partisan interest group proxies. This chapter maps contemporary links between Austria’s pillar parties, the Austrian Trade Union Confederation and the three largest of its seven individual unions. It finds that party–union relationships remain very close and are mediated especially via the partisan ‘fractions’ that contest intra-union elections, as well as being key components in an enduring system of interlocking party–union directorates. That system’s persistence, despite wide-ranging depillarization and party system fragmentation, underscores Austria’s transition from a consociational to a cartel democracy. It also raises questions about the relevance and long-term viability of the stubborn embrace between Austrian pillar parties and trade unions

Keywords:   SPÖ, ÖGB, ÖVP, unions, consociationalism, cartel democracy, political parties, neo-corporatism

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