Governing with Ideas : On the Phenomenological Roots of the Ordoliberal Tradition

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Miettinen , T P A 2016 , ' Governing with Ideas : On the Phenomenological Roots of the Ordoliberal Tradition ' , Metodo: International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy , vol. 4 , no. 1 , pp. 111-129 . < http://metodo-rivista.eu/index.php/metodo/article/view/138/121 >

Title: Governing with Ideas : On the Phenomenological Roots of the Ordoliberal Tradition
Author: Miettinen, Timo Pekka Antero
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Political and Economic Studies (2010-2017)
Date: 2016-11-08
Language: eng
Number of pages: 19
Belongs to series: Metodo: International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy
ISSN: 2281-9177
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/168858
Abstract: This article deals with ordoliberalism, a school of economics and legal theory that emerged in the 1930s and whose ideas became particularly influential in the shaping of the post-WWII German economic model. Instead of a purely political or conomic doctrine, the article approaches ordoliberalism as aphilosophical theory that originated as a response to the crisis of economics and scientific reason in general, to the growing dispersion of individual sciences and the loss of their common foundation. By focusing on the relation between Edmund Husserl and Walter Eucken, the founder of ordoliberalism, the article highlights some of the methodological and conceptual innovations that constituted the unique approach of rdoliberalism, namely, its aim to construct economics as a rule-oriented science with a strong emphasis on constitutional choice and institutional issues. According to the main argument, the ordoliberal emphasis on law and executive institutions was a consistent outcome of their theoretical decision to construct economics as a normative science of ideal forms.
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