Liberal democracy has come under pressure from various quarters: from the outside by authoritarian regimes, from within by populist movements and parties. This is all the more true of liberalism as a school of thought and political practice. Although modern democracies are built on this ideal tradition – from the principles of a liberal political constitution to the market economy as the economic foundation of an open society – liberalism has fallen into disrepute in large parts of the public. There are many approaches to a self-critical renewal of liberal theory and politics, both in Germany and internationally. However, the corresponding discourses usually take place in parallel with each other, without touching and fertilizing each other. In this dossier, we want to combine ideas of a new liberalism.
This project is supported by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius: