Ordoliberalism and the Market Economy


This conference asked if the nature of the German economy owes more to the liberal aspects of the social market idea or to its statist aspects, or some combination of the two. Is it a real form of classical liberalism?


Conference Readings

“Index of Economic Freedom: Germany Report 2018.” Heritage Foundation. https://www.heritage.org/index/pdf/2018/countries/germany.pdf (4/23/19).

Blanchette, Jude. “The Failure of the Social Market Economy.” Ludwig von Mises Institute. https://mises.org/library/failure-social-market (4/23/19).

Boehm, Franz, Walter Eucken, and Hans Grossmann-Doerth, “The Ordo Manifesto of 1936” In Germany’s Social Market Economy: Origins and Evolution, edited by Alan Peacock and Hans Willgerodt, 15-26. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1989.

Cermak, Christopher. “The Dark Side of Germany’s Economic Boom.” Handelsblatt Today, January 5, 2018. https://www.handelsblatt.com/today/monetary-policy-the-dark-side-of-germanys-economic-boom/23580612.html?ticket=ST-149482-7GLrJDfS5eNlqhlYGMMS-ap1 (4/23/19).

Erhard, Ludwig. Prosperity through Competition. Translated by Edith Temple Roberts and John B. Wood. New York: Fredrick A. Praeger, 1958.

Eucken, Walter. The Foundations of Economics. Translated by T. W. Hutchison. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1992.

Eucken, Walter. This Unsuccessful Age: or, The Pains of Economic Progress. Ann Arbor: Oxford University Press, 1952.

Mises, Ludwig von. Human Action: A Treatise on Economics. Edited by Bettina Bien Greaves. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2007.

Mises, Ludwig von. Economic Freedom and Interventionism. Edited by Bettina Bien Greaves. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1990.

Röpke, Wilhelm. “Free Economy and Social Order.” The Freeman (January 11, 1954 FEE): 271-273.