Strategies of Economic Order: German Economic Discourse, 1750-1950

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This book provides an overview of two hundred years of German economic thought, from the Steetswissenschaften of the eighteenth century to National Socialism and the Social Market. Whereas Classical Economics, from Smith through Ricardo, to Marx and Mill, emphasised value, distribution and production, German economic thought had a long-running tradition of human need and the varying conditions for order. These ideas are brought together by a conception of rational action and, therefore, a rationalistic appraisal of welfare and order. By taking this perspective, the usual contrast of market and planning approaches to economic organisation is subsumed by an approach which focuses on the construction of order in economic processes. This book highlights the continuity of this practical approach of German economists through the two centuries under consideration - from the Cameralists to the Ordoliberals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521462914
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Series: Ideas in Context Series, #33
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: From Cameralism to Ordoliberalism 1
2 Cameralism and the science of government 8
3 Die Vernunft des List. National economy and the critique of cosmopolitan economy 32
4 Historical Economics, the Methodenstreit, and the economics of Max Weber 66
5 The Handelshochschulen and the formation of Betriebswirtschaftslehre, 1898-1925 95
6 The Logical Structure of the Economic World: the rationalist economics of Otto Neurath 140
7 Capitalism, totalitarianism and the legal order of National Socialism 169
8 The genealogy of the Social Market Economy: 1937-48 203
9 The New Economic Order and European economic integration 241
Bibliography 263
Index 282
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