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Looming constitutional conflicts between the de-centralist logic of functional diff erentiation and the bio-political steering of austerity and global governance

(Basingstoke:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), pp.  101–​ 28. In this set of lectures Foucault focuses on the ordo-​liberal hegemony of the West German social market economy in the decades following World War II. His analysis indicates that post-​ war West German politics was pre-​defined by a determinate model of economic growth. For a more general discussion of Foucault on neoliberalism, see Geoffroy de Lagasnerie, La Dernière Leçon de Michel Foucault:  Sur le néolibéralisme, la théorie et la politique ([Paris]: Fayard, 2012). On a more stringently historical account it can be

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On social systems and societal constitutions

?’, Social Europe, 8 January (2018). 11 Habermas’s Legitimation Crisis offers the most persuasive and coherent statement of the arguments involved. Also see Claus Offe, ‘Structural problems of the capitalist state’, German Political Studies, 1 (1974 [1972]), 31–​56. For a detailed analysis of this essay in the light of some of the broader themes in Offe’s work, see Jens Borchert and Stephan Lessenich, Claus Offe and the Critical Theory of the Capitalist State (New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016). 12 For an analysis of the erosion of statehood since 1945

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