The far right in Austria: small on the streets, big in parliament

  • This is the ninth article in our series Trouble on the­ Far-Right. Since around 1990, the state of the Austrian far right1 has been characterized by the strength of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ – Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs, more precisely translated as Freedomite Party of Austria2) and the relative weakness of extra-parliamentarian far right activism. Far from a mere coincidence, these two features are to be understood as closely linked: the FPÖ’s electoral successes have brought far right causes and talking points unto the political center stage on a national level, given them ample media coverage and made street militancy increasingly pointless. Insofar, the Austrian far right spectrum could – at least until recently – be described as a photographic negative of the situation in Germany: successful party politics, weak bottom-up mobilizations and a comparatively low incidence of street violence. Currently, however, the long held hopes of German right-wingers for a party both in the mold, and strength, of the FPÖ are apparently being fulfilled by the emergence of the Alternative for Germany (AfD). Conversely, both legal and illegal street activism have been on the rise in Austria in recent years, particularly since the start of the asylum crisis in Europe. Numerous violent incidents were reported in 2015, including a minimum of 25 attacks on housing facilities for asylum seekers.

Download full text files

Export metadata

Additional Services

Share in Twitter Search Google Scholar
Author:Bernhard Weidinger
Parent Title (German)
Place of publication:Frankfurt am Main
Document Type:Report
Date of Publication (online):2016/04/06
Date of first Publication:2016/04/06
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2016/04/12
Tag:AfD; Austria; Burschenschaften; FPÖ; Heinz-Christian Strache; Jörg Haider; facebook; hate speech; identitarians; social media; student fraternities
Dieses Werk bzw. Inhalt steht unter einer Creative Commons Namensnennung-NichtKommerziell-KeineBearbeitung 3.0 Unported Lizenz.Über diese Lizenz hinausgehende Erlaubnisse können Sie unter erhalten
Institutes:Gesellschaftswissenschaften / Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Exzellenzcluster / Exzellenzcluster Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 32 Politikwissenschaft / 320 Politikwissenschaft
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell-Keine Bearbeitung 3.0