Theme Panel: Divided Societies: Comparative Historical Perspectives on Legitimacy

Divided Societies: Comparative Historical Perspectives on Legitimacy

This panel examines the special challenges facing the construction and maintenance of legitimacy in countries that are deeply divided along lines of ethnicity, language, and religion. All four of these papers seek to deepen our understanding of legitimacy by deploying the concepts and tools that are distinctive of the Politics & History division, including a focus on timing, sequencing, and process tracing, as well as the common use of comparative historical research designs. But they focus on very different regions of the world and disparate time periods in a way that would be sure to spark a lively and productive set of conversations.

James Mahoney, Northwestern University (Chair)
Sebastián Mazzuca, Johns Hopkins University (Discussant)
Sigrun Kahl, Yale University (Discussant)

Education and State De-Legitimation in Sri Lanka
Claire Mcloughlin, University of Birmingham (Author)

Habsburg Legacies and Consociationalism in Interwar Austria and Czechoslovakia
Philip James Howe, Adrian College (Author)

Mobilizing to Secede: Nations in Making during the late Ottoman Empire
Berk Esen, Bilkent University (Author)

Peacebuilding Interventions in Historical Institutionalist Perspective
Naazneen Barma, Naval Postgraduate School (Author)