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Ordoliberalism, European Monetary Union and State Power

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JournalCritical Sociology
DateSubmitted - 15 Jan 2019
DateAccepted/In press - 1 Feb 2019
DatePublished (current) - 5 Apr 2019
Issue number7-8
Volume45
Pages (from-to)995-1010
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The capitalist state is the indispensable power of a free labor economy. Its class character is not founded on a national basis. Rather it is founded on the world market relations of capitalist wealth and includes a history of suffering. This article scrutinizes ordoliberalism as a veritable statement about the character of capitalist society and its state. In the contemporary debate about the ordoliberalization of Europe, the ordoliberal argument about capitalist labor economy as a practice of government is put aside and instead it is identified with a certain ‘German’ preference for austerity and seemingly also technocratic governance, undermining the European democracies and leading to calls for the resurgence of the national democratic state that governs for the many. In this argument illusion dominates reality. In distinction, the argument attempted here scrutinizes the role of the member states in monetary union as executive states of the bond that unites them. Monetary union strengthens the member states as ‘planners for competition’ and is entirely dependent upon their capacity to govern accordingly.

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  • Austerity, European Monetary Union, class, democracy, economic liberalism/ordoliberalism, labor, state power, world market

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