The Real Threat to Liberal Market Economies

In this commentary, Dahrendorf Forum’s academic co-director Helmut Anheier reflects on the challenge of higher inequalities and decreasing social mobility. Ralf Dahrendorf himself wrote about this very subject in the 1990s, and his insights remain highly relevant.

Anheier considers six key points made by Dahrendorf to stem this development:

  • Anticipating changes in the workplace and preparing affected population groups for them
  • Undercutting the supply route for the precariat
  • Strengthening local communities and regions in danger of being cut off
  • Creating a stakeholder economy
  • Adjusting government responsibilities and budgetary priorities to what is possible
  • Changing public discourse to encourage a broad public debate

The commentary brings these proposals into contemporary debate. Read the full analysis here.