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

  • Stefan Kolev
Part of the The European Heritage in Economics and the Social Sciences book series (EHES, volume 20)


Kolev provides a reconstruction of the intellectual relationship between Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises and German ordoliberals Walter Eucken and Wilhelm Röpke, aiming at a nuanced understanding of the hostile climate in their relationship. The four decades are separated into five phases: (1) socialization echoing the Methodenstreit, (2) initial debates on business cycles in the 1920s and early 1930s, (3) clashes on political economy and social philosophy at the Colloque Walter Lippmann in 1938 and the early decades of the Mont Pèlerin Society after 1947, (4) coexistence during the German “economic miracle,” and (5) exchanges in the 1960s, including new archival materials about Mises’ only honorary doctorate in economics, at Freiburg in 1964. As an overarching element, Kolev offers a specific interpretation of neoliberalism.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wilhelm Röpke InstituteErfurtGermany
  2. 2.Department of Business and EconomicsUniversity of Applied Sciences ZwickauZwickauGermany

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