Abstract Steady-state deformation of several important electronic ceramics, all having a perovskite structure, is reviewed and discussed in terms of their common prominent features. Of particular importance are the ferroelectric BaTiO 3, a leading candidate for electrodes in solid-oxide fuel cells, (La 1− y Sr y ) 1− x MnO 3− δ , and the high-temperature superconductor YBa 2Cu 3O x . In all cases, deformation occurs by grain-boundary sliding accommodated by diffusion. Cations are the rate-controlling species and their diffusivities can be calculated and compared to existing tracer diffusion data. In some cases, the tracer diffusion coefficients have not been measured, but measurements of steady-state creep can provide these values.