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Forging A Multinational StateState Making in Imperial Austria from the Enlightenment to the First World War$
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John Deak

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780804795579

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804795579.001.0001

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Bureaucracy and Democracy in the Final Decades of the Monarchy, 1890–1914

Bureaucracy and Democracy in the Final Decades of the Monarchy, 1890–1914

(p.215) 6 Bureaucracy and Democracy in the Final Decades of the Monarchy, 1890–1914
Forging A Multinational State

John Deak

Stanford University Press

Chapter abstract: Chapter 6 covers the period between 1895 and the year 1914, which was marked by parliamentary crises, political stalemates, and the start of the First World War. The important role of the bureaucracy in the political system of the empire meant that the administration could exert a calming influence in politics and keep political parties involved in governance behind closed doors. In the meantime, high-ranking officials searched for structural solutions to the monarchy's political problems. The search for solutions actually dominated the last twenty years of peace in the monarchy, culminating in an Imperial Commission for Administrative Reform. The work of the commission was cut short by the outbreak of the First World War, but not before it indicated a snapshot of what imperial Austria might have looked like had it continued to evolve under bureaucratic and parliamentary leadership.

Keywords:   Ernest von Koerber, nationality politics, bureaucracy, administrative reform

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