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Research Project

The Formation of Fin de Siècle Vienna

2020 – 2021

Project Summary

When do cities act on the challenges of their time? This project turned to administrative data from Fin de Siècle Vienna for insight, fostering dialogue among scholars of bureaucracy, emergence and urban politics.

Research Team

Luis Bettencourt

Luis Bettencourt

Pritzker Director, Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation; Professor of Ecology and Evolution, Biological Sciences Division

University of Chicago

Luis Bettencourt’s research investigates the fundamental processes of biological and social organization and evolution in complex systems, with an emphasis on cities and urbanization. His research seeks to identify and explore new data and contexts that allow for quantitative comparisons through...

John Boyer

John Boyer

Dean of the College; Martin A. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of History

University of Chicago

John Boyer has served as an editor of the Journal of Modern History since 1980. A specialist in the history of the Habsburg Empire and of Central Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Boyer received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1975 and joined the faculty in the...

Christof Brandtner

Christof Brandtner

Assistant Professor at Emlyon Business School;Visiting Fellow, Department of Sociology and the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation

University of Chicago

Christof Brandtner is an organizational and economic sociologist and an Assistant Professor at emlyon Business School. He served as a visiting fellow in the Department of Sociology and at the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation at the University of Chicago, and he is affiliated with the...

Renate Meyer

Renate Meyer

Professor of Organization Studies, Head of the Institute for Organization Studies, and Co-director of the Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance

Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Vienna)

Renate Meyer is a Professor for Organization Studies and Head of the Institute for Organizational Studies at WU Vienna. She is also Co-head of the Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance at WU Vienna, Editor-in-chief of

John Padgett

John Padgett

Professor, Department of Political Science

University of Chicago

John Padgett is a Professor specializing in American politics, organizational theory, mathematical models, and public policy. He is best known for his models of the federal budget process, although he has written on a variety of topics. The American Journal of Sociology published both...

Project Narrative

Reading List

Boyer, John W.

Karl Lueger (1844-1910): Christlichsoziale Politik Als Beruf Böhlau Verlag Wien (2010) Read

Kornberger, Martin

“Governing the City: From Planning to Urban Strategy” Theory, Culture & Society 29(2):84–106 (2012) Read

Kornberger, Martin, Renate E. Meyer, Christof Brandtner, and Markus A. Höllerer

“When Bureaucracy Meets the Crowd: Studying ‘Open Government’ in the Vienna City Administration” Organization Studies 38(2):179–200 (2017) Read

Meyer, John W. and Ronald L. Jepperson

“The 'Actors' of Modern Society: the Cultural Construction of Social Agency" Sociological Theory 18(1):100–120 (2000) Read

Mohr, John W. et al.

Measuring Culture Columbia University Press (2020) Read

Padgett, John F. and Walter W. Powell

The Emergence of Organizations and Markets Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press (2012) Read

Schorske, Carl E.

Fin-De-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture Alfred A. Knopf (1979) Read

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