|founded in the year||2013|
|address||Schottengasse 1/3, A-1010 Wien|
|founder||Christoph Kraus, Veit Sorger|
|number of employees||8|
|Virtual Networks A "Virtual Network" is a group of Think Tanks identified by certain semantic and normative (ideological) commonalities (e.g. climate change scepticism). Such a virtual network constitutes a research field that differs from the study of formal networks. Formal networks are real in the sense of officially acknowledged and immediately open to empirical validation. Virtual networks on the other hand display shared ideas. Social network analysis tools can be applied to find out if or to what extent virtual networks are real networks that display linkages (membership in networks, personnel, resources etc.). Unconnected think tanks in turn can be considered special cases in need of explanation independent from network structures (unless we have to assume invisible, hidden or covered ties).||Think Tanks in Austria (case study), Austerity politics|
|Presence of Think Tank affiliates in the various fieldsWe try to capture where people affiliated with a Think Tank - affiliates are employees, members of the advisory and supervisory board etc. - are present: if they write in the media, teach in universities or work for another Think Tank. The chart down below shows in which fields the affiliates are present. Every presence is counted once.|
|People n = 16|
|Presences n = 4|
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|Kind of activities of Think Tank affiliatesWe try to capture where people affiliated with a Think Tank - affiliates are employees, members of the advisory and supervisory board etc. - are present: if they write in the media, teach in universities or work for another Think Tank. The chart down below shows which kind of activities the affiliates conduct. Every presence is counted once.|
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Author,1 Leader (CEO etc.),0 Consultant,1 Editor,0 Interviewee,0 Member,0 Participant,0 Lecturer,0 Employee,2 </pPie>
The following coordinate was not recognized: 48.21214;16.36391.The following coordinate was not recognized: 48.21214;16.36391. AA labels itself as independent, but is founded and funded by leaders of the Austrian industry and finance sector, who supposedly handpicked its scientific personnel for distributing the ideas of a lean state, a longer working life and the dissolution of social security mechanisms (as in the housing policy).
Organizational Structure and Funding
The website only presents the list of individuals and firms in the circle of supporters, no informations about amounts
Schottengasse 1/3, A-1010 Wien
People leading the Think Tank in the day to day business (CEOs, directorates etc.).
- Franz Schellhorn, 2013- ; Director
People working for the Think Tank (Fellows etc.). This includes also part-time employees.
- Wolfgang Feller (2015 (2015/03)), project head
- Denes Kucsera, 2013- ; Projektleiter
- Michael Landl, 2013- ; wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
- Monika Köppl-Turyna (2015 (2015/03)), project head
- Hanno Lorenz, 2013- ; Projektleiter
- Katharina Ebner, 2014 - ; Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin
- Philipp Geymüller, 2013- ; Projektleiter
- Cornelia Mayrbäurl, 2014- ; wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
- Cornelia Mayrbäurl, 2014- ; Projekt- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
- Brigitte Auer, 2014- ; Assistenz des Direktors
- Michael Christl, 2013- ; Projektleiter
People advising the Think Tank (mainly in scientific questions)
- Karl-Heinz Paqué, Vorsitzender des Beirats
People supervising the Think Tank (mainly in economic questions).
- Veit Sorger, 2013- ; Senatspräsident
- Rainer Burian, 2013-
- Christian Dorda, 2013- ;
- Budget 2013: 1,000,000€: Quelle: Ein neuer Think Tank fordert Wifo und IHS heraus
People or legal entities that either support the Think Tank with their reputation or with their money.
- Berndt, Wolfgang
- Burian, Rainer
- Fogarassy, Alfred (Ali)
- Gress, Hans-Jörg
- Koch, Herbert
- Kraus, Christoph
- Piech, Hans Michel
- Reichmayr, Ernst
- Spängler, Heinrich
- Strohmayer, Johannes
- Pildner-Steinburg, Jochen
- Mladek, Andreas
- Koch, Franz
- A&HZ Privatstiftung
- EMACS Privatstiftung
- Oberbank AG
- Unita Immobilien
- Palmers Immobilien
- Pierer Konzerngesellschaft
- Raiffeisen Zentralbank
- Trierenberg Holding
Working mode, goals
Operates by publications, public relations, public appearances of its members.
We used the DGs of the EU to generate a basic list of topics. This list is going to be steadily extended. However we try to preserve a persistent list of topics.
- Fiscal Policy
- Labour Market
- Housing Policy
Taxation; Fiscal Policy: claims excessive indebtness of Austria Pensions: discusses the increase of the retirement age Labour Market: complains the rigidity of the Austrian labour market and the resulting hidden unemployment Housing Policy: deregulation and a greater stake of private investors in housing.
What we call here a semantic field is the idea to categorize think tanks in a two level system. The first levels are so called 'Virtual Networks' and the second are the semantic fields. Accordingly every semantic field entered here has to be attached to a virtual network. If you would like to follow a special phenomenon among think tanks please contact us and we are going to add a new virtual network. Semantic fields are topics that promote a virtual network. Lets take climate change as an example: 'climate change skeptics' is the virtual network and 'adaption instead of mitigation' would be one possible semantic field.
- Debt reduction (Austerity Politics): as tool to limit public expenditures and press structural reforms home
- Der Schuldencheck 2014 (press release)