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The history of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Funded by: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Werner Abelshauser, Prof. Dr. Jan-Otmar Hesse, Apl. Prof. Dr. Christopher Kopper

Project Team: Tristan Graefen, Raphael Hennecke
Project Duration: 2012 - 2015

Project Description:

On November 1, 2011, the German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs appointed Werner Abelshauser as part of the ministry’s independent historical commission. This commission is tasked with researching the history of German economic policy featuring the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and its predecessor organizations as main actors. Starting with the history of the establishment of the Reich Office of Economic Affairs in 1917, the research project covers the period until German reunification in 1990 with a perspective to present time. The results will be published in four volumes. Abelshauser will be the managing editor of the fourth volume (Federal Republic of Germany from 1945 to 1990). He has asked colleagues from German and British Universities with extensive research experience in German economic history (in Bielefeld Jan-Otmar Hesse and Christopher Kopper) to contribute to this volume. The group of investigators also takes part in volume II. For research into source materials, the authors will travel not only to the Federal Archives in Berlin and Koblenz, but also to the State, Federal and European Archives in London, Paris, Washington, D.C. and Florence/Italy. The fourth volume will be focused on the very character of German economic policy on two empirical fields. How is German economic policy placed between the single European market and world market strategies? And what is its position between economic governance (Ordnungspolitik) and process policy: i.e. regulatory economic governance (Produktive Ordnungspolitik).