Government employees were a multifaceted socio-professional group that was formative for Austria’s society in the early 20th century. They represented the state and its reputation. Thus, appropriate conduct in both their professional and private lives was part and parcel of their employment code. The aim of this research project is to write a social, cultural, political, and administrative history of Austrian government employees with a special focus on their conduct of life. It raises questions of the development of the welfare state and of the changing function of government employment in a time of crises and political changes towards an authoritarian system.


Duration: January 2017 – December 2022

Funding: Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Elise Richter Programme