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The “Social Market Economy” and its Impact on German European Policy in the Adenauer Era, 1949-1963

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Abstract:

This article focuses on the economic aspects of German European policy in the 1950s and raises the question whether the economic system of the Federal Republic of Germany, “Soziale Marktwirtschaft” had any impact on the European policy of the West German state. It argues that Social Market Economy as defined by Ludwig Erhard influenced German European policy in certain aspects, but there was a latent contradiction between the political approach of Konrad Adenauer and this economic concept. Moreover, this article shows that West German European policy was not always as supportive for European unity as it is often considered.

Keywords: COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY; EUROPEAN INTEGRATION; KONRAD ADENAUER; LUDWIG ERHARD; SOZIALE MARKTWIRTSCHAFT

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/gps.2007.250205

Publication date: June 1, 2007

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