The Life and Times of “Economic Constitution”

Even though the concept of “Economic Constitution” has been used since the end of the 19th Century, its legal and prescriptive roots can be traced back to the Weimar context when the Constitution was struggling to be acknowledged as the primary source of law. My presentation delves into the “Economic Constitution” (Wirtschaftsverfassung) concept from a historical and comparative perspective. I aim to stress the different meanings of “Economic Constitution”, highlighting how and why they reflect competing constitutional mindsets of representative democracy and whether its use can still be helpful today.