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Gustav Schmoller and Globalisation


  • Heinz Rieter
  • Joachim Zweynert


Based on a relativist approach to the history of economic thought, in this paper it is argued that both Gustav Schmoller’s methodology and his views on economic and social policy can be seen as a reaction to the challenges Germany’s increasing integration into the world econ-omy brought about. We hold that his integrated, dialectical understanding of the globalisation process offers insights that have not lost their significance up to the present day. This is cer-tainly not true of his views on imperialism and naval policy, which are often left aside in modern appraisals of his work. However, we hold that they are important to a complete pic-ture of Schmoller’s views on globalisation.

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  • Heinz Rieter & Joachim Zweynert, 2006. "Gustav Schmoller and Globalisation," Schmollers Jahrbuch : Journal of Applied Social Science Studies / Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, vol. 126(2), pages 225-250.
  • Handle: RePEc:aeq:aeqsjb:v126_y2006_i2_q2_p225-250

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    Cited by:

    1. Zweynert, Joachim, 2007. "Die Entstehung ordnungsökonomischer Paradigmen: Theoriegeschichtliche Betrachtungen," HWWI Research Papers 5-2, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI).
    2. Zweynert, Joachim, 2007. "Europa als Wirtschafts- und Sozialmodell?," HWWI Research Papers 5-1, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI).

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    JEL classification:

    • B15 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - Historical; Institutional; Evolutionary
    • B31 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals - - - Individuals
    • F02 - International Economics - - General - - - International Economic Order and Integration


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