Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/191716
Authors: 
Pühringer, Stephan
Griesser, Markus
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper Serie Ök-30
Abstract: 
This paper compares the interconnections between dominant economic thought and processes of policy-making in the area of labour market reforms in Germany in the late 1960s and the early 2000s. The transition in labour market policies in this period could be described as a change from an active to an activating approach. At the level of economic discourse these policy changes correspond to a paradigm shift from Keynesian to neoclassical/neoliberal economic thought. We investigated these changes by focussing on two distinct reforms of labour market policies and carried out a critical discourse analysis of the relevant public and academic discourse of economists. We find that the paradigm shift in economic thought was accompanied by a shift in economists' discourses on labour market policy issues.
Subjects: 
critical discourse analysis
political power of economic ideas
labour market policy reforms
economic expert discourse
JEL: 
A11
B21
B22
B52
J53
J41
J88
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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