Philip J. Howe

Associate Professor of Political Science, Adrian College (Adrian/Mich.)

EURIAS Junior Visiting Fellow
(September 2011 – June 2012)


Well-tempered Discontent:
Democratic Institutions and Inter-ethnic Cooperation in a Multinational Empire

I am completing the manuscript for the book Well-Tempered Discontent, which tests competing theories of political behavior in ethnically divided societies by examining parliament and parliamentary elections in the Western half of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy between 1867 and 1918. The main finding of this project is that nationality played a much less fundamental role in Austrian political life than is often assumed, forcing us to reconsider a case that is central to current understandings of nations, nationalism, and the political development of East Central Europe.