Arno Tausch

Arno Tausch (born on February 11, 1951 in Salzburg, Austria) is an Austrian political scientist and one of the founders of quantitative world-systems theory and development research in Europe. His research program is focused on [world-systems theory, development studies and dependency theory, European studies in the framework of core-periphery relationships, and quantitative peace studies.
Tausch is an active participant in the liberation theology movement and the ecumenical dialogue between the major world religions. He is involved in the study of the quantitative effects of globalization on social systems. He is also a frequent contributor of articles to magazines in Austria, such as Das Jüdische Echo. He is a member of the "honorary committees" of the Centro Argentino de Estudios Internacionales in Buenos Aires and the journal Entelequia, and of the editorial boards of the European Research Studies Journal, and the Journal of Globalization Studies.
Tausch has been married since 1978 and has three adult daughters.
Academic career
Tausch received his PhD in political science from Salzburg University in 1976 and his habilitation from Innsbruck University. Presently, he is associate professor (Universitaetsdozent) of Political Science at the University of Innsbruck, and visiting professor of Economics at the Corvinus University of Budapest. He was previously also visiting associate professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa and guest researcher at the Social Science Research Center Berlin).
, he has authored, co-authored, or edited 15 books in English and 7 in German, and over 200 scholarly and non-technical articles and miscellaneous publications in 7 languages in 28 countries, including books for Dutch University Press, Nova Publishers, and Palgrave Macmillan. His works are also available on freely available peer-reviewed websites, including the World Systems Archive, Global Development Network, Social Science Research Network, and IDEAS.
Scholarly work
In the fall of 1977, Tausch obtained a position as assistant professor of political science at Innsbruck University after finishing his PhD. Together with Otmar Höll and Kunibert Raffer, Tausch pioneered world-system and dependency studies in Austria from the mid 1970s onwards.
During the 1980s and early 1990s, Tausch closely worked with the late Australian political economist Ted Wheelwright, the Swedish development and peace researcher Björn Hettne, the Polish development researcher Zbigniew Bablewski, and the Finnish development and peace researcher and politician Kimmo Kiljunen in the framework of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI)) working group on development theory. The results of these efforts include the United Nations University study (1989).
In peace and development research, Tausch was one of the first authors to present sceptical assessments of the perestroika and transformation processes in the Soviet Union. His Russlands Tretmühle (English: Russia's treadmill) predicted a re-hardening of the Russian regime.
His later work, written after his entry into public service in 1992, is about the analysis of social policy and migration in the new wider Europe after the shock therapies which the region experienced.
After returning to Vienna from his work as a diplomat in Poland, Tausch's publications especially dealt with analyses of the contradictions of the process of EU-enlargement, with cross-national aspects of pension reform and with the never-ending debate about Islam and development.
During the last decade, his works contributed to the debate about Islamophobia. This has become a defining pattern of his writings after the turn of the millennium: opposition to Salafism (salafist distortions of the Muslim Faith), but also opposition to Islamophobia. He was among the first to study quantitative aspects of Muslim poverty in Europe.
As a book editor, Tausch later worked particularly closely with the British economist Syed Mansoob Murshed. His own empirical works on the relationships between Islam and development patterns, were particularly well received in the Muslim world, and were based on all the countries with available data.
The Turkish political scientists Bulent Aras and Suat Kiniklioglu actively championed the reception of Tausch's quantitative works in the two leading political science journals in Turkey, Alternatives. Turkish Journal of International Relations and Insight Turkey.
The latest chapter in Tausch's analysis of Islam and development is the systematic analysis of the data from the European Social Survey and the World Values Survey, which contradict alarmist views of Muslim migration and Muslim integration in Europe, and argue in favor of what Tausch calls a 'Lisbon process perspective on Muslim minorities in Europe'. On the Lisbon process, he particularly closely worked and published together with the Muslim scholar, Almas Heshmati.
His recent writings on pension reform were influenced by Franco Modigliani and Robert Holzmann, social protection department director at the World Bank. He contributed to the memorial volume, dedicated to the Nobel laureate in economics, Franco Modigliani.
Apart from sharing his analytical academic perspectives with high echelons of the Austrian foreign and international social policy establishment, Tausch's publications appeared in the publication series of important foreign policy think tanks in Austria, Argentina, Luxembourg, Poland, Russia and Turkey. In 2007, he was a speaker at the "Davos of the East", the International Economic Forum in Krynica, Poland.
He has become a regular contributor to the analytical journal of the Austrian Armed Forces, Österreichische Militärische Zeitschrift, to the Moscow-based IMEMO Institute's Mirovaya ekonomika i mezhdunarodnye otnosheniya, and to the widely circulated Europäische Rundschau.
Books in English
*(1993; in collaboration with Fred Prager) 'Towards a Socio-Liberal Theory of World Development'. Basingstoke and New York: Macmillan/St. Martin's Press
*(1999, Editor, with Andreas Mueller and Paul Zulehner), "Global Capitalism, Liberation Theology and the Social Sciences. An analysis of the contradictions of modernity at the turn of the millennium” Huntington, New York: Nova Science. Paperback edition 2001
*(2001, with Peter Herrmann) Globalization and European Integration. Huntington NY, Nova Science. ISBN 1-560729295.
*(2001, with Gernot Koehler) Global Keynesianism: Unequal exchange and global exploitation. Huntington NY, Nova Science. ISBN 1-59033-002-1. Paperback edition 2001
*(2003, Editor) 'The Three Pillars of Wisdom? A Reader on Globalization, World Bank Pension Models and Welfare Society'. Nova Science Hauppauge, New York, 2003
*(2005, Editor, with Peter Herrmann) 'Dar al Islam. The Mediterranean, the World System and the Wider Europe. Vol. 1: The "Cultural Enlargement" of the EU and Europe's Identity; Vol. 2: The Chain of Peripheries and the New Wider Europe'. Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers. Abridged paperback editions, 2006, under the title: "The West, Europe and the Muslim World” (Vol. 1) and "Towards a Wider Europe” (Vol. 2)
*(2007), 'The City on a Hill? The Latin Americanization of Europe and the Lost Competition with the U.S.A.' Amsterdam: Rozenberg.
*(2007, Editor, with Almas Heshmati), 'Roadmap to Bangalore? Globalization, the EU's Lisbon Process and the Structures of Global Inequality' Hauppauge, N.Y.: Nova Science Publishers.
*(2007), 'From the "Washington” towards a "Vienna Consensus”? A quantitative analysis on globalization, development and global governance'. Hauppauge, N.Y.: Nova Science Publishers.
*(2007, with Christian Bischof, Tomaz Kastrun and Karl Mueller), 'Against Islamophobia: Muslim Communities, Social Exclusion and the Lisbon Process in Europe' Hauppauge, N.Y.: Nova Science Publishers.
*(2007), 'Against Islamophobia. Quantitative analyses of global terrorism, world political cycles and center periphery structures' Hauppauge, N.Y.: Nova Science Publishers.
*(2008), 'Multicultural Europe: Effects of the Global Lisbon Process.' Hauppauge, N.Y.: Nova Science Publishers.
*(2009), "Titanic 2010? The European Union and its failed "Lisbon strategy”” Hauppauge, N.Y.: Nova Science Publishers.
*(2009), with a foreword by Mansoor Moaddel), "What 1.3 billion Muslims really think. An answer to a recent Gallup study, based on the "World Values Survey”” Hauppauge, N.Y.: Nova Science Publishers.
*(2010), with Christian Bischof, and Karl Mueller), '”Muslim Calvinism”, internal security and the Lisbon process in Europe' Rozenberg Publishers, Amsterdam.
In German
*(1979) 'Armut und Abhaengigkeit. Politik und Oekonomie im peripheren Kapitalismus'. Studien zur oesterreichischen und internationalen Politik, Bd. 2 (Eds. P. Gerlich und A. Pelinka) W. Braumueller, Vienna
*(1991) 'Jenseits der Weltgesellschaftstheorien. Sozialtransformationen und der Paradigmenwechsel in der Entwicklungsforschung'. (Eds. H. Reinwald, H.A. Steger) Wilhelm Fink, Muenchen, Beitraege zur Soziologie und Sozialkunde Lateinamerikas (first printing, second printing at Grenzen und Horizonte (Eds. G. Ammon, H. Reinwald, H.A. Steger) Eberhard, Muenchen)
*(1991) 'Russlands Tretmuehle. Kapitalistisches Weltsystem, lange Zyklen und die neue Instabilitaet im Osten'. Eberhard, Muenchen
*(1993) 'Produktivkraft soziale Gerechtigkeit? Europa und die Lektionen des pazifischen Modells'. Eberhard, Muenchen
*(1997) 'Schwierige Heimkehr. Sozialpolitik, Migration, Transformation, und die Osterweiterung der Europaeischen Union' Munich: Eberhard
*(2009) Das EU-Budget und der Lissabon-Prozess: Eine empirische Effizienzanalyse aus konvergenzpolitischer und regionalpolitischer Sicht' Hrsg. Abteilung Wirtschaftswissenschaft d. AK Wien, Wien : Kammer f. Arbeiter u. Angestellte f. Wien, 2009, Serie: Materialien zu Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft; 107, ISBN 978-3-7063-0384-2.
*(2010) Armut und Radikalität? Soziologische Perspektiven zur Integration der Muslime in Europa, basierend auf dem "World Values Survey" und dem "European Social Survey" Bremen: Europäischer Hochschulverlag, Serie‚ Schriftenreihe: Studien zu vergleichender Sozialpädagogik und internationaler Sozialarbeit und Sozialpolitik'
Major reviews of Tausch' works
*Choice. Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, 1994, 31, 10: 1630 - 1631 (review on "Towards a Socio-Liberal Theory of World Development, 1993")
*Das Argument, 1989, 173: 134-136; 1990, 32, 183: 759-768; 1992; 34, 3: 478-479 (various reviews and references to the books "Jenseits der Weltgesellschaftstheorien" and on "Rußlands Tretmühle")
*Journal of Australian Political Economy, 2001, 47: 148 (book review, Wheelwright T. on "Global Capitalism, Liberation Theology and the Social Sciences, 1999")
*Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie, 1980, 2: 403-404 (book review by Weede E. on "Armut und Anhängigkeit, 1979")
*Journal of Common Market Studies, Globalization and European Integration, by A. Tausch and P. Herrmann ..., Francesco Duina, Bates College, JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Volume 42, Issue 2, Page 437-451, Jun 2004; Globalization, the EU's Lisbon Process and the Structures of Global Inequality - Edited by A. Heshmati and A. Tausch, Ferran Brunet, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Volume 46, Issue 3, Page 741-741, Jun 2008
*Political Studies, 1995, 43, 4: 730 - 731 (book review on "Towards a Socio-Liberal Theory of World Development, 1993")
*Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Soziologie, 1988, 14, 2: 354-359 (book review by M. Nollert on "Jenseits der Weltgesellschaftstheorien 1987")
*Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Volkswirtschaftslehre und Statistik, 1981 (book review on "Armut und Abhängigkeit, 1979")
*Theologie im Kontext, Missionswissenschaftliches Institut Missio e.V. Aachen, 22, 1, 2001: 109 (Raul Fornet Betancourt, book review, on "Global Capitalism, Liberation Theology and the Social Sciences, 1999")
*Utopie Kreativ, 2002, 135, January: 83-84 (book review, on "Global Capitalism, Liberation Theology and the Social Sciences, 1999")
*Vierteljahresberichte. Probleme der Internationalen Zusammenarbeit (Friedrich Ebert Stiftung), 117, September 1989: 311 - 313 (book review on "Jenseits der Weltgesellschaftstheorien, 1987")
*Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft, 1981, 4: 484-487; 1988, 14, 4: 567-570 (book reviews by K. Raffer on "Armut und Abhängigkeit" and "Jenseits der Weltgesellschaftstheorien", 1987')
International media coverage
*Arena Magazine, Sydney, 2001, 52, April/May: 44-46 (book review, Wheelwright T. on "Global Capitalism, Liberation Theology and the Social Sciences, 1999")
*Bild, 23.05.2008 "Sozialsystem nur Mittelmaß" (on IZA Discussion Paper 3482, "Efficiency and Effectiveness of Social Spending")
*BBC Monitoring International Reports "AUSTRIAN ISLAM CONFERENCE SPEAKERS AT ODDS OVER DEMOCRACY, SECULARISM, BBC Monitoring International Reports, March 28, 2007 Wednesday, A200703281B-143F1-GNW, 374 words"
*Der Westen (WAZ-Gruppe), 23.05.2008: Deutsches Sozialsystem nur mittelmäßig (on IZA Discussion Paper 3482, "Efficiency and Effectiveness of Social Spending")
*Die Zeit, 1987, 42, 38: 11-09-1987 (on collective volume Maislinger A. (1986) 'Costa Rica')
*Die Welt, 23. 05. 2008: "Europäischer Vergleich. Das deutsche Sozialsystem ist nur Mittelmaß" (on IZA Discussion Paper 3482, "Efficiency and Effectiveness of Social Spending")
*evangelischer pressedienst entwicklungspolitik, 1979: 24: 27 (Book review by Dieter Senghaas on "Armut und Abhängigkeit")
*Format (Vienna) 25.01.08 Echte Österreicher; Muslim ist nicht gleich Muslim. Nicht alle leiden unter Bildungsdefiziten und schlechtem Einkommen. Aber alle unter Vorurteilen und Beleidigungen. / Zwei Stunden volles FORMAT (APA)
*Frankfurter Neue Presse 24.05.08 Deutsches Sozialsystem/nur mittelmäßig
*Frankfurter Rundschau, 24.05.08 "Schwache Performance/Deutsches Sozialsystem schneidet mäßig ab" (on IZA Discussion Paper 3482, "Efficiency and Effectiveness of Social Spending")
*Milano Finanza, June 2, 2007 ("Che si legge a Palazzo" on: "Against Islamophobia: Quantitative Analyses of Global Terrorism, World Political Cycles and Center Periphery Structures") and MF , September 11, 2007, Commenti & Analisi; Pg. 6, 763
*Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 1987, 146, 27/28 June (91) (on collective volume Maislinger A. (1986) 'Costa Rica')
*Nürnberger Nachrichten 24.05.08 "Sozialsystem nicht effektiv genug?" (on IZA Discussion Paper 3482, "Efficiency and Effectiveness of Social Spending")
*Pakistan Times, 1987, April 24 (book review on collective volume Farooq-Hasnat S. and Pelinka A. (1986), 'Security for the Weak Nations')
*Profil (Vienna) 18.01.99 Erlesener Osten; Sach- u. Fachliteratur/ Südosteuropäische Geschichte und Geschichtswissenschaft. Eine/Einführung./ Karl Kaser, Böhlau 1990, 412 S., öS 496,/ Im Osten was Neues. Profil (APA)
*Radio Praha, News 23.05.2008, (on IZA Discussion Paper 3482, "Efficiency and Effectiveness of Social Spending")
*Reference & Research Book News, February 1, 2008 (on Almas Heshmati and Arno Tausch)
*SciTech Book News, December 1, 2007 (on Almas Heshmati and Arno Tausch)
*Spiegel Online 23.05.08 Studie. "Deutsches Sozialsystem ist Mittelmaß - das tschechische Spitze" (on IZA Discussion Paper 3482, "Efficiency and Effectiveness of Social Spending")
*Stuttgarter Nachrichten 24.05.08 "Sozialsystem nur mittelmäßig" (on IZA Discussion Paper 3482, "Efficiency and Effectiveness of Social Spending")
*Stuttgarter Zeitung 24.05.08 "Sozialsystem laut Studie mittelmäßig" (on IZA Discussion Paper 3482, "Efficiency and Effectiveness of Social Spending")
*The Nation (Pakistan), 1987, August 21, 1987 (book review on collective volume Farooq-Hasnat S. and Pelinka A. (1986), 'Security for the Weak Nations')
*Trierischer Violksfreund (Trier, Germany) 26.04.01 UNIVERSITÄT Kolloquium Zukunft" UNIVERSITÄT/Kolloquium/Zukunft"/TRIER. Auch in diesem Sommer bietet das Zentrum für europäische Studien der Uni Trier wieder eine Vorlesungsreihe unter dem; Trierischer Volksfreund
*Wiener Zeitung (Vienna) 27.03.07 Streit über Islam in Europa; Wien. "Es gibt Hassprediger in den Moscheen, aber auch in den Medien." Gleich am Anfang der zweitägigen Konferenz "Islam in Europa" in der Diplomatischen Akademie, Wiener Zeitung (APA)
*Wiener Zeitung (Vienna) 30.04.04 Ein Sonderweg mit Stolpersteinen; Von Michael Schmölzer/ Wie ist es eigentlich dazu gekommen, dass die europäische/Zivilisation eine so deutlich andere Richtung, einen "Sonderweg" im/Vergleich; Wiener Zeitung (APA)
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