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‘There's a Brand New Talk, but it's Not Very Clear’: Can the Contemporary EU Really be Characterized as Ordoliberal?

Cardwell, P. J. ORCID: 0000-0002-7485-3474 and Snaith, H. (2018). ‘There's a Brand New Talk, but it's Not Very Clear’: Can the Contemporary EU Really be Characterized as Ordoliberal?. Journal of Common Market Studies, 56(5), pp. 1053-1069. doi: 10.1111/jcms.12706

Abstract

Ordoliberalism has undergone a dramatic resurgence as a characterization of the contemporary EU and its economic dimensions. Commentators have pointed to the ‘ordoliberalization’ of EU economic policy with Germany at its core, albeit with the latter taking the role of a ‘reluctant hegemon’. Perhaps as a result of this pervasive influence, some have claimed that the EU is itself ordoliberal, resting on a particular understanding of the relationship between ordoliberalism and an ‘economic constitution’. For this claim to be substantiated, the characterization of ordoliberalism needs to persist across time and the EU's law and policy-making spaces. In this article, we examine this proposition, and argue that the influence of ordoliberalism can help a richer understanding of the contemporary EU beyond the confines of the economic constitution and into its evolving legal system(s).

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2018 University Association for Contemporary European Studies and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Cardwell, P. J. and Snaith, H. (2018). ‘There's a Brand New Talk, but it's Not Very Clear’: Can the Contemporary EU Really be Characterized as Ordoliberal?. Journal of Common Market Studies, 56(5), pp. 1053-1069, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/jcms.12706. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited.
Publisher Keywords: European Union, ordoliberalism, Germany, integration
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
K Law
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
Date available in CRO: 17 Aug 2021 10:41
Date deposited: 17 August 2021
Date of acceptance: 5 November 2017
Date of first online publication: 11 February 2018
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/26605
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