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Liberale Ordnungspolitik im demokratischen Diskurs (Liberal rule oriented market policy in democracy)


  • Gerhard Wegner


Dieser Beitrag untersucht Legitimationsfragen ordnungspolitischer Empfehlungen in der Demokratie. Waehrend die klassische Ordnungspolitik in der Tradition Walter Euckens die Legitimation ordnungspolitischer Regeln mit dem gesellschaftlichen Wohlfahrtsgewinn begruendet, muss in der Demokratie die allgemeine Zustimmungsfaehigkeit von Regeln als Legitimationsquelle vorausgesetzt werden. Es wird gezeigt, wie die ueberzeugungen der Buerger ueber die Funktionsweise einer Marktwirtschaft ebenso wie die politischen Praeferenzen zu einer Modifikation klassischer Ordnungspolitik fuehren. Eine anti-marktwirtschaftliche Politik ist in einer Demokratie gleichwohl nicht zu erwarten. (The article interrogates the legitimacy of rule-oriented, pro market policy recommendations (“ord-nungspolitik”) in democracy. Whereas classical policy recommendations in the tradition of Walter Eucken presume that welfare gains following from rule oriented policies guarantee for its legitimacy, democratic economy policy must rest on societal consent. It is shown that beliefs of citizens concerning the working conditions of a market order as well as political preferences will modify rules which econ-omists identify for its best possible impact on welfare. However, as long as democracy remains stable, anti-market economic policies are unlikely to sustain in democracy.)

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  • Gerhard Wegner, 2011. "Liberale Ordnungspolitik im demokratischen Diskurs (Liberal rule oriented market policy in democracy)," Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Unternehmensethik - Journal for Business, Economics & Ethics, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 12(2), pages 250-268.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:ethics:doi_10.1688/1862-0043_zfwu_2011_02_wegner

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    Liberalism; Constitutional economics; Institutional economics; Democracy;

    JEL classification:

    • A11 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Role of Economics; Role of Economists
    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility


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