Please Wait Outside: The Absence of Public Control of Austria’s Foreign Policy Due to a Lack of Public Information and Education


  • Teresa Reiter



This article is a reflection on the Handbuch Außenpolitik Österreichs (Handbook on Austrian Foreign Policy, see Senn et al. 2023) from a public information and civic education point of view. It discusses the Handbook’s value for educating the public on topics and stakeholders of Austria’s foreign policy landscape and intends to argue the relevance of political parties’ roles in the public discourse to foreign policy education. The article addresses the genesis of public opinion to political decision-making in the foreign policy field and gives an analysis of public control of and citizens’ role in foreign policy decision-making.