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Austria: Political parties at a glance

Parties in comparison

Liberal
Socialist
Capitalist
Conservative

Explanation of the chart

The graph shows the economic orientation of the parties on the X-axis from left to right. The further left, the more actively the state should intervene via taxes, regulations and redistribution. The further to the right, the less the state should intervene.

On the Y-axis from top to bottom, the parties are categorized according to their life models. The further up a party, the more it prioritizes liberal lifestyles over traditional views and material goods. The further down, the more a party aligns itself with traditional lifestyles and sees the state as the moral authority for living together.

Data was collected through the 2019 Chapel Hill Expert Survey by more than 400 policy experts. Party positions may change over time. Therefore, the chart serves only as an overview and cannot make statements about specific political topics.

Ryan Bakker, Liesbet Hooghe, Seth Jolly, Gary Marks, Jonathan Polk, Jan Rovny, Marco Steenbergen, and Milada Anna Vachudova. 2020. “2019 Chapel Hill Expert Survey.” - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

ÖVP

Austrian People’s Party
Centre-right
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EU Parliament
Government

ÖVP (Österreichische Volkspartei) is a center-right party that is currently represented in parliament with 71 seats.

The ÖVP represents conservative core values and advocates for the principles of the rule of law, market economy, and social responsibility. They emphasize the importance of stability and tradition in politics.

GRÜNE

The Greens – The Green Alternative
Environment & Climate
?
EU Parliament
Government

GRÜNE (Die Grünen–Die Grüne Alternative) is a green party that is currently represented in the parliament with 26 MPs.

The Greens represent green core values and advocate for environmental protection, sustainability, and social justice. They emphasize the importance of climate protection and social solidarity.

SPÖ

Social Democratic Party of Austria
Centre-left
?
EU Parliament
Opposition

SPÖ (Sozialdemokratische Partei Österreichs) is a center-left party and currently represented in parliament with 40 MPs.

The SPÖ represents social democratic core values and advocates for social justice, equal opportunities, and solidarity. They emphasize the importance of social security and progress in politics.

FPÖ

Freedom Party of Austria
Right-wing
?
EU Parliament
Opposition

FPÖ (Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs) is a right-wing party that is currently represented in the parliament with 31 MPs.

The FPÖ represents conservative and nationalist core values and advocates for national identity, security, and sovereignty. They emphasize the importance of personal responsibility and tradition in politics.

NEOS

NEOS – The New Austria
Liberal politics
?
EU Parliament
Opposition

NEOS (NEOS–Das Neue Österreich) is a liberal party that is currently represented in parliament with 15 seats.

NEOS represents liberal core values and advocates for individual freedom, equal opportunities, and open societies. They emphasize the importance of innovation, education, and digitalization.

Bierpartei

Beer Party
Satire
?
EU Parliament
No seats

Bierpartei is a satire party from Austria.

The Beer Party focuses on humor and satire in politics. They advocate for the right to fun and entertainment and emphasize the importance of humorous political messages.

JETZT

NOW
Environment & Climate
?
EU Parliament
No seats

JETZT (JETZT–Liste Pilz) is a green party from Austria.

KPÖ

Communist Party of Austria
Left-wing
?
EU Parliament
No seats

KPÖ (Kommunistische Partei Österreichs) is a left party from Austria.

The KPÖ represents communist core values and advocates for the rights of the working class, social justice, and the overthrow of capitalism. They emphasize the importance of collectivism and equality.