On the Concept of the "Economic Constitution" and the Importance of Franz B@ouml;hm from the Viewpoint of Legal History

Author: Wolfgang, K.

Source: European Journal of Law and Economics, Volume 3, Number 4, December 1996 , pp. 345-356(12)

Publisher: Springer

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During its development, the concept of an economic constitution embraced varying elements. At the birth of the Federal Republic, these elements stood in sharp contrast to each other. After World War I Hugo Sinzheimer asso-ciated the concept with the Gemeinwirtschaft (publicly controlled economy) as an expression of the organized economy of the Weimar Reichsverfassung. Franz Böhm deserves recognition for having cast the idea of compe-tition into legal forms; thus he laid the foundation of our economic order and opened new horizons for the con-cept of economic constitution.

Keywords: Franz B@ouml;hm; Hugo Sinzheimer; competitive economy (Wettbewerbswirtschaft); economic constitution; publicly controlled economy (Gemeinwirtschaft)

Document Type: Regular Paper

Affiliations: Forschungsstelle für Internationale Privatrechtsgeschichte, Universität Tübingen

Publication date: December 1, 1996

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