Economists in public discourses The case of wealth and inheritance taxation in the German press

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPower and Influence of Economists Contributions to the Social Studies of Economics
Editors Jens Maesse, Stephan Pühringer, Thierry Rossier, Pierre Benz
Place of PublicationLondon
Pages188 - 206
ISBN (Print)9780367817084
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 502046 Economic policy
  • 502047 Economic theory
  • 508009 Media research
  • 605005 Audience research

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