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Arno Tausch

Born February 11, 1951(1951-02-11)
Salzburg, Austria
Fields Political Science
Institutions Innsbruck University, Department of Political Science
Ministry of Social Affairs, Labour and Consumer Protection in Vienna
Known for contributions to World systems theory
Development studies and dependency theory
European studies in the framework of core-periphery relationships
Quantitative peace studies

Arno Tausch (born on February 11, 1951 in Salzburg, Austria) is an Austrian political scientist and one of the founders of quantitative world system 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.[1]

Dr. 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 the social systems. He is also a frequent contributor of articles to journals in Austria, like Das Jüdische Echo. He is a member of the Editorial Council of the Centro Argentino de Estudios Internacionales in Buenos Aires, Entelequia. Revista Interdisciplinar at the University of Cadiz in Spain, the European Research Studies Journal in Athens, and the "History & Mathematics" Almanac and the Journal of Globalization Studies, both edited by Professors Andrey Korotayev and Leonid Grinin in Moscow.

Dr. Tausch has been married since 1978 and has three adult daughters.


Academic career

Tausch received his Ph.D. in political science from Salzburg University in 1976 and his habilitation from Innsbruck University. His habilitation commission was presided over by Anton Pelinka; external referees included Ulrich Albrecht and Winfried Röhrich. External opinions on his behalf were also expressed, among others, by Karl Deutsch from Harvard University.[2]

Presently, he is Adjunct Professor (Universitaetsdozent) of Political Science at Innsbruck University, He was previously also Associate Visiting Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa [1], and Guest Researcher, International Institute for Comparative Social Research, Science Center, West Berlin (now: WZB - Social Science Research Center Berlin).

Arno Tausch in public

He served as an Austrian diplomat abroad from 1992 to 1999. He had the rank of a Labour and Migration attaché, later on he became Counsellor for Labour and Migration.[3]


By fall 2009, he authored, co-authored, or edited, 15 books in English and 6 in German, and over 200 printed or electronic scholarly and non-technical articles and miscellaneous publications in 6 languages in 26 countries, including books for Dutch University Press, Nova Science Publishers N.Y., Palgrave Macmillan. His works are also available on freely available peer-reviewed websites, including the World Systems Archive at the University of California, Riverside, the Global Development Network at Sussex University, the Social Science Research Network in New York and at IDEAS at the University of Connecticut.

His scholarly work

Impressed, but unconvinced by his early training in neo-classical economics (Friedrich August Hayek), he early on turned to the quantitative study of political economy and quantitative political science. Particular inspiration re received from Professor Kurt Rothschild.

After finishing his Ph.D. at Salzburg University, he won a position as assistant professor of political science at Innsbruck University in the fall of 1977.

Together with Otmar Höll and Kunibert Raffer, Tausch pioneered world system and dependency studies in Austria from the mid 1970s onwards. During the later 1970s, researchers like Volker Bornschier and Dieter Senghaas began to refer regularly to his quantitative works. His first true internationally recognized work was the essay, written with Otmar Höll, on Austria and the European Periphery, in 1980.

His most influential book is the Socio-Liberal Theory of World Development (1993), which quantitatively tests the cross-national relevance of the socio-liberal reform programs put forward by Europe's social democrats during the 1920s. In 1998, the US-Association of College and Research Libraries singled out Tausch's main work "Towards a Socio-Liberal Theory of World Development" as one of the "Outstanding Academic Books" in the period 1993 - 1998.[4]

It is based on politometric studies of development patterns around the globe since the 1960s.

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).[5]

In peace and development research, he was one of the first authors to present skeptical assessments of the perestroika and transformation process. His Russlands Tretmühle (Russia's treadmill) predicted a re-hardening of the Russian regime.[6]

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. As a world system researcher, he edited, co-edited or contributed to works, which also include articles by Samir Amin, Christopher Chase-Dunn, Andre Gunder Frank, and Immanuel Wallerstein.[7]

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 quantittaive 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, which squarely contradict Samuel P. Huntington, 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, which is a kind of semi-official foreign policy journal of the country.

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, Dr. 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.

By Fall 2009, Tausch was ranked among the top five percent of global social scientists (by downloads over the last 12 months, weighted by number of authors) by the system Repec/Ideas of the University of Connecticut, and the Social Science Research Network in New York. One of his latest works deals with Muslim Calvinism, published at Rozenberg Publishers, Amsterdam.



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 OFM and Paul Zulehner), “Global Capitalism, Liberation Theology and the Social Sciences. An analysis of the contradictions of modernity at the turn of the millennium” (with contributions by Samir Amin et. al) 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 (for info:

(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 (for info:

(2007, with a postface by Christian Ghymers), ‘From the “Washington” towards a “Vienna Consensus”? A quantitative analysis on globalization, development and global governance’. Hauppauge, N.Y.: Nova Science Publishers (for info:

(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 (for info:

(2007), ‘Against Islamophobia. Quantitative analyses of global terrorism, world political cycles and center periphery structures’ Hauppauge, N.Y.: Nova Science Publishers (for info:

(2008), ‘Multicultural Europe: Effects of the Global Lisbon Process.’ Hauppauge, N.Y.: Nova Science Publishers (for info:

(2009), “Titanic 2010? The European Union and its failed “Lisbon strategy”” Hauppauge, N.Y.: Nova Science Publishers (for info:

(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 ((for info:

(2009, with Christian Bischof, and Karl Mueller), ‘”Muslim Calvinism”, internal security and the Lisbon process in Europe’ Rozenberg Publishers, Amsterdam (for info:

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) ‚ Armut und Radikalität? Soziologische Perspektiven zur Integration der Muslime in Europa, basierend auf dem „World Values Survey“ und dem „European Social Survey“ Wien: Neue Beihefte zur Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes. LIT-Verlag

Scientific journals – Major reviews of his works (Selection)

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, 248 words (on Almas Heshmati and Arno Tausch)

SciTech Book News, December 1, 2007, 262 words (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)


  1. ^ see Tausch website at the Global Development Network, University of Sussex. To search for this website, just enter the name of the researcher
  2. ^ In Austria, habilitation Commissions are public, and all the data given here are retrievable. See also
  3. ^ Tausch is listed in the Amtskalender of the Republic of Austria, Manz Verlag, Vienna, since 1992
  4. ^ 20. 1998. ACRL Choices outstanding academic books, 1992 – 1997 (Rebecca Ann Bartlett ACRL Choices outstanding academic books, 1992 – 1997. This text brings together reviews of more than 3000 titles singled out in the last five years by CHOICE for its prestigious Outstanding Academic Books award. A reference for all librarians and faculty involved with collection development. On: "Towards a Socio-Liberal Theory of World Development")
  5. ^ see also the respective Conference programs of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes
  6. ^ see the reviews and references to his work by Hans-Heinrich Nolte on the pages of Das Argument, namely Das Argument, 1989, 173: 134-136; 1990, 32, 183: 759-768; 1992; 34, 3: 478-479 (various references to the books "Jenseits der Weltgesellschaftstheorien" and on "Rußlands Tretmühle")
  7. ^ The work "Dar al Islam", edited with Peter Herrmann, actually contains the very last article, ever written by Andre Gunder Frank

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