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The philosophy of social market economy: Michel Foucault's analysis of ordoliberalism

Die Philosophie der sozialen Marktwirtschaft: Michel Foucaults Analyse des Ordoliberalismus
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Goldschmidt, Nils; Rauchenschwandtner, Hermann

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Corporate Editor Walter Eucken Institut e.V.; Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Wirtschafts- und Verhaltenswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Institut für Allgemeine Wirtschaftsforschung Abt. Wirtschaftspolitik
Abstract "Michel Foucault's lectures at the Collège de France in 1978-1979 centered on the analysis of power with regard to liberalism. Foucault especially focused on German ordoliberalism and its specific governmentality. Although Foucault's review of the ordoliberal texts, programs, and books is very faithful, there are some occasional 'schematic' simplifications. The paper will evaluate Foucault's constitution of an ordoliberal 'archive', though more emphasis will be put on the general importance of the phenomenological orientation in Walter Eucken's work. Hence, three tasks will guide the paper: first, an analysis of Foucault's position; second, the phenomenological foundation of the ordoliberal discourse compared to the 18th century liberal discourse, i.e. the way in which Walter Eucken received Husserl. Third, the paper shall raise the subject of the mutual historical-epistemological complementation of philosophy and economics by taking Foucault's analysis as the starting point. Furthermore, the consequences of a phenomenological, 'eidetic' order of the economy will be discussed, focusing mainly on the expansion of competition in social domains." (author's abstract)
Keywords Foucault, M.; capitalism; social market economy; ordoliberalism; Federal Republic of Germany; liberalism; market economy
Classification Economic Sectors
Method descriptive study
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
City Freiburg im Breisgau
Page/Pages 30 p.
Series Freiburger Diskussionspapiere zur Ordnungsökonomik, 07/4
ISSN 1437-1510
Status Published Version
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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