Ordoliberalism, Authoritarianism, and Democracy

Thomas Biebricher

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    Ordoliberalism is an often-neglected sub-current of neoliberalism, which has been influential in moulding the agenda of economic policy in Germany – and also Europe. This chapter examines the ordoliberal critique of democracy and the corresponding remedies, inquiring whether the latter exhibit authoritarian leanings. In a second step, two lines of argument are considered that question the interpretation of ordoliberalism as being sceptical of democracy and gravitating towards authoritarian elements as either inaccurate or no longer pertinent. The chapter concludes that while the arguments must not be abandoned lightly, they do not provide sufficient grounds to categorically exonerate ordoliberalism from the critique developed here.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Condition of Democracy : Volume 1: Neoliberal Politics and Sociological Perspectives
    EditorsJürgen Mackert, Hannah Wolf, Bryan S. Turner
    Number of pages19
    Place of PublicationAbingdon
    Publication date2021
    ISBN (Print)9780367745332, 9780367745356
    ISBN (Electronic)9781003158363, 9780367745400
    Publication statusPublished - 2021

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