Quotation Theine, Hendrik. 2021. Economists in public discourses The case of wealth and inheritance taxation in the German press. In: Power and Influence of Economists Contributions to the Social Studies of Economics, Hrsg. Jens Maesse, Stephan Pühringer, Thierry Rossier, Pierre Benz, 188-206. London: Routledge.


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In this chapter, I investigate the role of economists in public discourses. Conceptually, I draw on the recent ‘cultural turns’ in regulation theory and post-Marxist thinking, and in particular the work of Bob Jessop and Antonio Gramsci in their discussion of intellectuals and their role in society. Empirically, the role of economists is investigated drawing on the example of wealth and inheritance taxation in the German press in the beginning of the 21st century. The empirical analysis shows that well-known economists frequently occur in the newspaper coverage. Furthermore, a stark dominance of economists associated with mainstream economics and ordoliberalism over post-Keynesian and other heterodox economists is revealed. Given the role of economists as organic intellectuals in the political economy, this points to a continuing legitimation and normalisation of the structural power of the capital class to assert their interests regarding low wealth and inheritance taxation.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title Economists in public discourses The case of wealth and inheritance taxation in the German press
Title of whole publication Power and Influence of Economists Contributions to the Social Studies of Economics
Editor Jens Maesse, Stephan Pühringer, Thierry Rossier, Pierre Benz
Page from 188
Page to 206
Location London
Publisher Routledge
Year 2021
URL https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/oa-edit/10.4324/9780367817084-14/economists-public-discourses-hendrik-theine
ISBN 9780367817084
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/oa-edit/10.4324/9780367817084-14/economists-public-discourses-hendrik-theine

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Theine, Hendrik (Details)
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Department of Economics (Grisold) (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5334 Political economic policy (Details)
5335 Political economic theory (Details)
5341 Economic policy (Details)
5918 Media research, -studies (Details)
6909 Cultural economics (Details)
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