Jean-Baptiste Fleury/ Alain Marciano: The Sound of Silence. A Review Essay of Nancy Maclean’s Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America

This essay reviews Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, which triggered a huge controversy that virally spread on the internet and in various journals. We will evaluate MacLean’s almost biographical account of James Buchanan, which portrays the 1986 Nobel Prize Continue Reading…

Paul D. Aligica/ Paul A. Lewis/ Virgil H. Storr: Austrian Economics and the Bloomington School: An Introduction and Overview

This paper compares and contrasts two schools of political economy: the Austrian School, prominent members of which include Friedrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises; and the Bloomington School, which was founded by Elinor and Vincent Ostrom. It is argued that the two traditions share a good deal in common: both Continue Reading…

Stefan Kolev/ Patricia Commun: Wilhelm Röpke (1899-1966) – A Liberal Political Economist and Conservative Philosopher

This volume provides a comprehensive account of Wilhelm Röpke as a liberal political economist and social philosopher. Wilhelm Röpke (1899-1966) was a key protagonist of transatlantic neoliberalism, a prominent public intellectual and a gifted international networker. As an original thinker, he always positioned himself at the interface between political economy Continue Reading…

Ekkehard A. Köhler/ Lars P. Feld/ Daniel Nientiedt: The “Dark Ages of German Macroeconomics” and Other Alleged Shortfalls in German Economic Thought

Ordoliberalism is often accused as being responsible for Germany’s policy stance during the Eurozone crisis. Ordoliberalism originates from the so-called Freiburg School of Economics, founded by Walter Eucken during the 1930s at the University of Freiburg, which is in fact in Germany. It is however neither true that ordoliberal thought Continue Reading…