The European Heritage in Economics and the Social Sciences

Wilhelm Röpke (1899–1966)

A Liberal Political Economist and Conservative Social Philosopher

Editors: Commun, Patricia, Kolev, Stefan (Eds.)

  • Provides a comprehensive treatment of Wilhelm Röpke as a liberal political economist and conservative social philosopher
  • Offers new biographical insights into Röpke’s exile in Istanbul and Geneva
  • Elaborates on his multifaceted social philosophy 
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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 and social philosophy, as well as between liberalism and conservatism. Röpke’s endeavors to combine these elements into a coherent whole, as well as his embeddedness in European and American intellectual networks of liberal and conservative thinkers, are a central theme throughout the book.

The volume includes papers by international experts from a conference in Geneva on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Röpke’s passing. The first part focuses on new biographical insights into his exile years in Istanbul and Geneva, while the second part discusses his business cycle theory in the context of the Great Depression, and the third part elaborates on his multifaceted social philosophy.


Wilhelm Röpke was among the most important thinkers within the classical liberal revival post-WWII, with intriguing tensions between liberalism and conservatism. A highly recommended volume.

–– Peter J. Boettke, 2016-2018 President of the Mont Pèlerin Society and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, George Mason University 

This important collection of papers provides an in-depth assessment of Wilhelm Röpke’s contributions, placing him in the context of his time. A fine contribution.

–– Bruce J. Caldwell, Director of the Center for the History of Political Economy and Research Professor of Economics, Duke University

About the authors

Patricia Commun is a professor of German studies at the University of Cergy-Pontoise, France. Her fields of research are history of German economic thought, history of German liberalism and especially ordoliberalism. Patricia Commun’s last book (“Les Ordolibéraux. Histoire d'un libéralisme à l'allemande”, Les Belles Lettres, Paris 2016) covers the historical, political, and intellectual context of the refounding of German liberalism in the 1920s-1950s. Together with Stefan Kolev, she co-organized in April 2016 the International Wilhelm Röpke Conference in Geneva.

Stefan Kolev is a professor of political economy at the University of Applied Sciences Zwickau, Germany, and the deputy director of the Wilhelm Röpke Institute in Erfurt, Germany. His fields of research are history of economic thought, Austrian economics, and constitutional political economy. Stefan Kolev’s last book (“Neoliberale Staatsverständnisse im Vergleich”, 2nd edition, De Gruyter Oldenbourg, Berlin/Boston 2017) analyzes comparatively the political economies of ordoliberals and Austrian economists of the 20th century, whereas his current projects address the 19th century origins of these ideas and their revitalization for the 21st century.

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Wilhelm Röpke as a Pragmatic Political Economist and Eclectic Social Philosopher: An Introduction

    Commun, Patricia (et al.)

    Pages 1-8

  • Between Two Continents: Wilhelm Röpke’s Years in Istanbul

    Masala, Antonio (et al.)

    Pages 11-29

  • Wilhelm Röpke’s Utopia and Swiss Reality: From Neoliberalism to Neoconservatism

    Franc, Andrea

    Pages 31-40

  • The Making of the “Third Way”: Wilhelm Röpke, Luigi Einaudi, and the Identity of Neoliberalism

    Giordano, Alberto

    Pages 41-64

  • Paleo- and Neoliberals: Ludwig von Mises and the “Ordo-interventionists”

    Kolev, Stefan

    Pages 65-90

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Wilhelm Röpke (1899–1966)
Book Subtitle
A Liberal Political Economist and Conservative Social Philosopher
Editors
  • Patricia Commun
  • Stefan Kolev
Series Title
The European Heritage in Economics and the Social Sciences
Series Volume
20
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-68357-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-68357-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-68356-0
Series ISSN
1572-1744
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 272
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