Nils Hesse (Walter Eucken Institut)
The school of thought ordoliberalism relies on a legal framework to limit both economic and political power and to enable a traditionalist, humane life in established structures. At least in its objectives, ordoliberalism resembles traditionalist populism, which has a long tradition in the USA and also characterized the early phases of many European populist parties. In my presentation I examine whether ordoliberalism is an answer to this form of populism, as it is more reflective in recognizing the dangers of a totalitarian slide. To this end, key differences between the ordoliberal concept and populist concepts such as productivism, heartland, common sense and the people-elite dichotomy are elaborated..
Lecture Hall (A-032)