Social Market Economy

The Case of Germany

  • Stefan Sorin Muresan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Ştefan Sorin Mureşan
    Pages 1-8
  3. Ştefan Sorin Mureşan
    Pages 127-158
  4. Ştefan Sorin Mureşan
    Pages 309-374
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 385-410

About this book


The book presents the economic policy model known as “Social Market Economy” in Germany, the country where it originated. Although the model has since been adopted as core objective in the EU Treaty of Lisbon, experts still disagree on its exact nature. The author contributes to this debate by presenting the German economic system from an external perspective and looking at the extent to which it enabled the country increase its weight in international relations.The system´s history, identity, political and economic concepts, including ordoliberalism, are analyzed. Its potential and shortcomings are assessed by comparing it to other forms of capitalism. A brief enquiry is made into whether the "Social Market Economy", or aspects of it, are applicable to other countries, including in Eastern Europe. Providing both theoretical and practical aspects, the book offers a valuable resource for researchers, public administration professionals, and policymakers.


Contemporary Economic Models German Economic System Political Economy Social Market Economy

Authors and affiliations

  • Stefan Sorin Muresan
    • 1
  1. 1.BonnGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-09212-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-09213-3
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