Wilhelm Röpke A liberal political economist and social philosopher in times of multiple European crises

Maison de la Paix à Genève du Jeudi 14 au samedi 16 avril prochains

Wilhelm Röpke (1899-1966) is widely known as an economist of the founding generation of ordoliberalism who had a seminal impact on German liberal economic policy after World War II. However,
he never returned to Germany after emigrating in 1933, first to Istanbul and then in 1937 to Geneva, where he became professor for international economic relations at the Graduate Institute of International
Studies and stayed at this institution until his death in February 1966.
Röpke was a relentless critic of excessive interventionism, political centralism and welfare statism. As an economic theorist, he developed fundamental insights into the mechanisms of the business cycle, later linking these economic phenomena to ethics and societal dynamics. What is his specific understanding of a “humane market economy” and to what extent can it be a basis for stable international relations?
Why is free trade not a sufficient condition for a stable international order? What are necessary complements to establish a stable international order? What is the role of economic and political ideas, especially of liberalism and conservatism, in the dynamics of societal orders?
This unique event, which is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Röpke’s passing, will address these and other related questions. It starts with a two-day scientific colloquium, continues with a keynote lecture by the economist, author and former Röpke student Mr. Hernando de Soto and concludes with a public conference. We look forward to your participation!

Programme : «Flyer Röpke Conference.pdf»

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