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Political Developments since 1983

In 1983 a thirteen-year period of single-party rule by the SPÍ came to an end. The period had been dominated by Bruno Kreisky, who served as chancellor for the entire time (see The Kreisky Years, 1970-83). With Kreisky as its leader, the SPÍ had emerged from the election in 1970 as the strongest party. This election marked a turning point in Austrian history because never before had a socialist party been given such a mandate by the voters. The outcome was conclusive proof that most Austrians had lost their fear of the SPÍ's being too leftist to govern alone.

Last Update: 2009-06-21