Encyclopedia of Law and Economics

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Röpke, Wilhelm

  • Stefan KolevEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7753-2_622


The purpose of this entry is to delineate the political economy of Wilhelm Röpke. To reach this goal, a history of economics approach is harnessed. First, the entry concisely reconstructs Röpke’s life, intellectual evolution, and heritage. Second, it presents the specificities of his perspective on economic embeddedness focused on the stability of social order and on the role of informal institutions as indispensable stabilizers of this order.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wilhelm Röpke Institute, Erfurt and University of Applied Sciences ZwickauZwickauGermany