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Ropke’s Economic Humanism and its Relevance to the Understanding of Industrial District
Author/s:  Stefano Solari 
Year:  2007 Issue: Language: English 
Pages:  22 Pg. 47-68 FullText PDF:  132 KB

Röpke’s economic humanism and its relevance to the understanding of industrial districts (di Stefano Solari) - ABSTRACT: The thought of Wilhelm Röpke is valuable for understanding contemporary problems of market economy instability. We focus on two traits of his thought pertaining to the viability and to the ethical basis of markets. The social philosophy of Röpke is then compared with the actual features of industrial districts. The latter share some of the features of Röpke’s ideal market order and show that a decentralised non-mass society is an expedient socio-economic organization. However, the evidence provided by industrial districts confirms Röpke’s view that some order-oriented policy is required to safeguard both economic and social prerequisites of market interaction.

Stefano Solari, in "STORIA DEL PENSIERO ECONOMICO" 1/2007, pp. 47-68, DOI:


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