Volume 7: The Vranitzky Era in Austria

Franz Vranitzky was chancellor during ten years (1986-96) when the world dramatically changed in the aftermath of the cold war. The chapters in this volume try to assess Vranitzky's central role in recent Austrian and European history. Contributors include Richard Luther, Eva Novotny, Fritz Plasser, Irene Etzer-dorfer, Sonja Puntscher-Riekmann, Brigitte Unger, Peter Rosner, Alexander van der Bellen,and Georg Winkler.

Ferdinand Karlhofer, co-editor

Volume 6: Women in Austria

This volume deals with the position of women in Austrian society, politics, and in the economy and shows that it follows the familiar trajectory of Western societies Women were expected to accept their“proper” place in a male patriarchal world. Achieving equality in all spheres of life was a long struggle that is still not complete in spite of many advances. The chapters in Women in Austria attest to the growing interest and vibrancy in the areas of women's studies in Austria and present a cross-section of new research in this field to an international audience.

Erika Thurner, co-editor

Volume 5: Austrian Historical Memory and National Identity.

After World War II, Austrian elites constructed a new identity based on being a “victim” of Nazi Germany. Cold- war Austria, however, envisioned herself as a “neutral island of the blessed” between and separate from both super- power blocs. Now, with her membership in the European Union secured, Austria is reconstructing her painful historical memory and national identity.

Günter Bischof, Anton Pelinka, editors

Volume 1: Austria in the New Europe

[CAS Volume 1]

This is the first first volume in the Contemporary Austrian Studies Series. The contents include: "Austria and Western European Integration after World War II", Oliver Rathkolb; "Austrian Neutrality and the Europe of 1992", Paul Luif; and "The Transformation of Austrian Society and the New Europe", G. Prisching.

Günther Bischof and Anton Pelinka, editors

Contemporary Austrian Studies

Volume 24: Austrian Federalism in Comparative Perspective

[Contemporary Austrian Studies]

With its ambiguous mix of weak federalist and strong centralist elements, the Austrian constitutional architecture has been subject to conflicting interpretations and claims from its very beginning. The written 1920 constitution has been paralleled by informal rules and forces making up for the imbalance of power between national and subnational authorities. Understanding these inherent weaknesses, virtually all political actors involved are well aware that reforming the allocation of rights and duties between the different levels in the federal state is urgently needed.