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Hayek Revisited

Edited by Boudewijn Bouckaert, Professor of Law, University of Ghent, Belgium and Annette Godart-van der Kroon, President of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, The Netherlands
The authors present an overview of the intellectual influences and historical events which inspired Hayek and examine the development of the idea of spontaneous order. They also describe the reasons why Hayek rejected constructivism for a more evolutionary approach in economics, political theory and legal theory. They go on to examine the welfare state, probably the most controversial area of Hayek’s work. They then discuss the neutrality of the state and the morality of cooperation in society, the rule of law and constitution, and the concepts of the totalitarian state and free society.
Extent: 192 pp
Hardback Price: $134.00 Web: $120.60
Publication Date: 2000
ISBN: 978 1 85898 449 0
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Austrian Economics
  • Methodology of Economics
To celebrate the centenary of Hayek’s birth, this timely book gathers together a distinguished group of authors who celebrate his work and pay testament to the vast scope of his ideas which span across epistemology, economy, the history of ideas, legal theory and cultural philosophy.

The authors present an overview of the intellectual influences and historical events which inspired Hayek and examine the development of the idea of spontaneous order. They also describe the reasons why Hayek rejected constructivism for a more evolutionary approach in economics, political theory and legal theory. They go on to examine the welfare state, probably the most controversial area of Hayek’s work. They then discuss the neutrality of the state and the morality of cooperation in society, the rule of law and constitution, and the concepts of the totalitarian state and free society.

Hayek’s political thought is applied to the issue of European federalism in the final part, where it is argued that Hayek’s integrated vision of law, economics and history is what is required to enlighten us on the new state of Europe. The authors show that Hayek’s work is as relevant today as ever.

The book will be of great interest to scholars of liberal political economy, law and economics and the history of ideas.
‘. . . Hayek Revisited can certainly be recommended for a diverse readership: Readers who are yet to become familiar with Hayek’s work can read some of the contributions as an introduction to core concepts of his research programme, while readers who are already familiar with his work find critical re-examinations of and new perspectives on Hayek’s work. Other contributions, especially those in the third part, show that Hayekian perspectives on competition, federalism and constitutionalism can be fruitfully thought further and applied to current policy problems.’
– Jan Schnellenbach, Aussenwirtschaft
Contributors: P.B. Cliteur, R. Eichenberger, B.S. Frey, G. Habermann, H. Kliemt, K.R. Leube, L.P. Liggio, P. Nemo, D. Schmidtchen, F. van Dun, F. Vibert, U. Witt
Contents: Preface Introduction Part I: Spontaneous Order, Ethics and Freedom 1. Hayek’s Spontaneous Order and the Ethics of Free Markets 2. Spontaneous Order, Natural Law, and Legal Positivism in the Work of F.A. Hayek 3. Rules and Order 4. Law and Legislation in Hayek’s Legal Philosophy 5. Hayek and the Tradition of Moral Philosophy 6. The Hayekian Puzzle: Spontaneous Order and the Business Cycle Part II: Farewell to the Welfare State? 7. Philosophical Statism and the Illusions of Citizenship: Reflections on the Neutral State 8. Rule of Law and the Welfare State 9. The Emergence of the Welfare State: Endogenous Rationality or Exogenous Political Rent-Seeking? Part III: Europe, Widening or Deepening 10. European Constitutionalism 11. Towards a New Kind of Eurofederalism Index