Instead of publishing an institutional-historical anniversary edition, the IHSF has decided to compile a history of the Austrian welfare state. Its development is on the one hand closely connected to the workers’ movement, on the other hand it can only be understood in a broader social, political, and economic context.
The starting point are not dry legal texts and unwieldy collective agreements, but the real-life situation of the affected people in their respective epochs. The narrative arc reaches from the middle of the 19th century to the present. The publication is planned for mid-2021.