A New Economic Paradigm for Conservatives?


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Moderate conservative parties are in crisis across Europe. One reason for this is the strongly liberal economic course many of them have pursued since the 1980s, which is often at odds with core conservative values, writes political scientist Thomas Biebricher in his book “Centre/Right: The International Crisis of Conservatism”. This has led to the near disappearance of moderate conservative parties in France and Italy – and the strengthening of right-wing to far-right forces there, as well as in Germany.


What does this mean for the redefinition of conservative parties? What could a new economic model for conservatives look like as an alternative to economic liberalism? Thomas Biebricher discusses this with journalist and CDU member Liane Bednarz in our next New Economy Short Cut.

Thomas Biebricher

is Heisenberg Professor of Political Theory, History of Ideas and Economic Theories at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. In recent years he has focused on the critical analysis of neoliberal theory and practice. He is the author of several books.

Liane Bednarz

is a lawyer and publicist and a member of the CDU. She regularly publishes in the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung", the "Tagesspiegel", and on the author blog "Starke Meinungen", among others.  Together with Christoph Giesa, she has published the book "Dangerous Citizens - The New Right Reaches for the Centre".