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Lecture: ‘The Political in the Economy and its Law, Symposium in honor of Professor Emeritus Christian Joerges’ [please register]

5 December 2018 @ 16:3018:30

The tensions between traditions of economic law (“Wirtschaftsrecht”) and constitutional theory (“Verfassunglehre”) are nowhere more pronounced than in the project of European economic integration.  Back in 1944, Polanyi, the most famous analyst of the “Great Transformation” observed that after the downfall of fascism and the “disappearance of the gold standard”, our governments would be able to shape domestic institutions according to the inclinations of their citizens and that they would “tolerate willingly that other nations do likewise”. The new political freedom led to  a broad variety of socio-economic configurations, but this did not prevent the rise of interdependencies between national economies and the emergence of a complex set of conflicts. 
What students and advocates of the “ever closer Union” in Europe have ignored are the diverging socio-economic conditions, the weight of political differences and the ensuing asymmetries between the North and the South, and the West and the East. What they failed to imagine and to establish is a political infrastructure and institutional framework in which democratic political contestation could continue and legitimate the improvement of what had been agreed in the treaties, and legislative and judicial acts in the governance of economy.   
Join us for an international symposium honoring Christian Joerges, Professor Emeritus of Law and Society at the Hertie School of Governance, where we welcome experts from across Europe and the US to discuss reconciling economic rationality and political legitimacy and where such reconciliation could take place. Is it at the level of the nation state or at the transnational European space?  Is there another way?
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5 December 2018
16:30 – 18:30


Hertie School of Governance


Hertie School of Governance
Friedrichstraße 180
Berlin, 10117 Germany
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