Charles B. Blankart

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Charles Beat Blankart (born May 20, 1942 in Lucerne ) is a Swiss economist . His research areas are in particular public finance , new political economy and federalism .


Was Blankart 1969 in Basel to the Dr. rer. pole. PhD and habilitation in 1976 at the University of Konstanz . He was a member of the Zofingia . Two years later he followed a call as professor at the Free University of Berlin . In 1978 he became a professor at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich . In 1985 he moved to the Technical University of Berlin , from 1992 to 2010 he was professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin .

Blankart was also visiting professor at the Center for Study of Public Choice VPI in Blacksburg, Virginia (1973/74), at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (1981), at the Center for Study of Public Choice at George Mason University in Fairfax , Virginia, as well as in 1985 and 1998 of the University of Rome ( La Sapienza ). He was also a Hayek visiting professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business . Since 2011 he has been Senior Professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin and a permanent visiting professor at the University of Lucerne .

In addition, Blankart is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Federal Ministry of Economics , a member of the Mont Pelerin Society , the Friedrich A. von Hayek Society and the Swiss Zofinger Association . He is also a member of the board of the European Center for Public Choice and the Institute for Entrepreneurial Freedom . He was a founding member of the European Public Choice Society in 1971 and became its president in 1984/85. He sits on the advisory board of the Liberal Institute in Zurich. Until 2011 he was a member of the scientific working group for regulatory issues at the Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications and Post (WAR).

Charles Blankart is the brother of the Swiss diplomat Franz Blankart . He is a member of the board of directors of the family-owned Blankart & Cie Aktiengesellschaft .


In September 2013, shortly before the 2013 federal election , some politicians from the SPD and the Green Minister for Economic Affairs, Philipp Rösler , asked to take action against two members of the scientific advisory board at the Federal Ministry of Economics, namely Blankart and Roland Vaubel , as they were also on the scientific advisory board of the AfD were active. The deputy chairman of the Green parliamentary group Kerstin Andreae said the independence of the advisory board would be at risk if the two professors appeared for the AfD in the election campaign. The European policy spokesman for the SPD, Michael Roth , was quoted as saying: “A federal government led by social democrats will soon decide on new appointments in the BMWi advisory board. We can already rule out that Mr. Vaubel will still be a member of this body. "

The chairman of the advisory board, the Cologne economics professor Achim Wambach , rejected this demand; He said: "The request to a member to resign because of his political activities or to leave the office, would suggest the suspicion that the advisory board is not independent of the government". For him there is no question that the advisory board is "not taking a position in the federal election campaign". The next reports would only appear after the election.

After the AfD's change of political direction, Blankart left the AfD's Scientific Advisory Board on July 7, 2015. Blankart was never a member of the AfD.


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Individual evidence

  1. Marc Kowalsky: power network of Rudolf Matter: The convergence man. In: Bilanz 13/2010, July 2, 2010, accessed on February 13, 2012.
  2. Board of Directors and Management of Blankart & Cie, accessed on December 31, 2011.
  3. SPD wants to remove scientists
  4. ^ Backing for Rösler's AfD economists