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Freiburg Tradition

Ordoliberalism and Ordnungspolitik – A brief explanation

by Viktor J. Vanberg

In the debate surrounding the Eurozone crisis, “Germany’s rule-based legal approach”  has become a target of criticism by many of its European partners. Searching for the reason or “ideology” behind this approach, a number of commentators have pointed to the lasting influence of Ordoliberalism, exemplified by titles such as “The Long Shadow of Ordoliberalism: Germany’s Approach to the Euro Crisis”  or “Of Rules and Order – Germany’s Ordoliberalism has had a big influence on policy during the Euro crisis.”
The purpose of this little booklet is to  offer a brief introduction into the tradition of Ordoliberalism, its roots in the so-called Freiburg School, and the rationale behind the concept of Ordnungspolitik that is at the core of this tradition.

To the booklet


Nils Goldschmidt und Michael Wohlgemuth (Ed.).
Grundtexte zur Freiburger Tradition der Ordnungsökonomik
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