Scholarship focuses on Austria in a comparative international and, especially, European context. Its principal fields of research concern comparative populism and Euroscepticism, party politics, political institutions, parliamentarism, comparative federalism as well as issues of national and regional democracy.
Since 2009 this area of scholarship has been under the direction of Prof. Reinhard Heinisch.
The following members of the Department of Political Science is doing research and teaches in the field of Austrian politics:
- HEINISCH Reinhard C., MA PhD, Professor
- MIKLIN Eric, Dr., Associate Professor
- DOLEZAL Martin, Mag. Dr. Senior Scientist
- FALLEND Franz, Dr., Senior Scientist
- MÜHLBÖCK Armin, Dr., Senior Scientist
The staff doing research in Austrian politics currently focusses on the following research agendas:
- Research Agenda: Comparative Rightwing Populism
- Research Agenda: Conceptualizing Democracy
- Research Agenda: Covid Pandemic – Democracy – Populism
- Research Agenda: Federalism, Regional and Local Politics
Currently, the following externally financed research projects are pursued: