Responsibility and economics / Markus Beckmann and Ingo Pies
VerfasserBeckmann, Markus ; Pies, Ingo
ErschienenHalle : Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftsethik an der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, 2007 ; Halle, Saale : Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt, 2007
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SerieDiskussionspapier ; 07,6
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Empirically responsibility is a concept increasingly made use of in order to address societal issues. At the same time it is a concept mainstream economics has so far hardly touched on. The paper shows that the application of economic reasoning to the responsibility concept can instruct a twofold learning process: First the very tradition of economics allows to better understand and elaborate the semantics of responsibility. Here the paper develops the concept of ordo-responsibility that differentiates between the initial basic game and the related meta-games. The focus thus shifts to the rule- setting processes and rule-finding discourses for which the actors can accept governance responsibility and discourse responsibility respectively. Second the rational-choice analysis of the responsibility concept also produces important insights for mainstream economic theory. Building on a simple model that delineates the responsibility aptitude of an actor the paper explains why standard economics tends to attribute the rule-setting function exclusively to state actors. Yet as the underlying nation-state paradigm depends on social determinants that are not universally given such economic theory shows a double blind spot. Against this backdrop the paper sketches out how to broaden the conventional perspective and identifies policy recommendations for state actors and business corporations.