The Ordoliberal Variety of Neoliberalism

Suzanne Konzelmann and Marc Fovargue-Davies (eds.), Banking Systems in the Crisis: The Faces of Liberal Capitalism, Abingdon: Routledge, 2013, pages 250-268.

29 Pages Posted: 7 Sep 2012 Last revised: 29 Jan 2014

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Gerhard Schnyder

Loughborough University London - Institute for International Management; University of Cambridge - Centre for Business Research; King's College London

Mathias Siems

European University Institute (EUI); Durham University; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Date Written: September 6, 2012

Abstract

Ordoliberalism differs from other liberal theories in not supporting the simplistic idea that the ‘government is the problem’. The aim of this chapter is therefore to explain the core features of ordoliberalism and distinguish it from other varieties of liberalism. We also show that ordoliberal concepts are not isolated phenomena but that they are related to institutional economic ideas under different names. Such ‘ordo-institutional’ perspectives have gained in appeal in the context of the current financial crisis, because they seem to attenuate extreme views of market libertarianism, while still accommodating broadly neoliberal, anti-Keynesian and anti-socialist ideas.

This paper complements our research available at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2336475

Keywords: ordoliberalism, neoliberalism, Chicago School, institutional economics, financial crisis

JEL Classification: A12, A14, B00, B25, B41, B52, G01, K20, N42, N44, P51

Suggested Citation

Schnyder, Gerhard and Siems, Mathias, The Ordoliberal Variety of Neoliberalism (September 6, 2012). Suzanne Konzelmann and Marc Fovargue-Davies (eds.), Banking Systems in the Crisis: The Faces of Liberal Capitalism, Abingdon: Routledge, 2013, pages 250-268., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2142529

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