Jürgen Backhaus

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Jürgen Georg Backhaus (born August 5, 1950 in Hanover ) was the owner of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach Foundation Professorship for Public Finance and Sociology of Finance at the University of Erfurt . His main research interests range from public finance to the economic analysis of law and contributions to the history of theory.

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From 1986 to 2001 he was full professor of finance at the University of Maastricht and from 1994 to 1997 at the same time visiting professor at the Robert Schuman University of Strasbourg . From 1980 to 1986 he taught as an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Auburn University in the USA.

Jürgen Backhaus began his scientific career at the University of Konstanz , where he was a research assistant from 1974 to 1976 and a lecturer in the economics department from 1979 to 1981. From 1977 to 1978 he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Study of Public Choice at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute .

Jürgen Backhaus also studied economics, administrative sciences and political sciences at the University of Konstanz and graduated in 1973 with a degree in economics. In 1976 he received the Master of Law ( Lic. Jur. ) And in 1985 with Gérard Gäfgen Dr. rer. pole. PhD.

From 2001 until his retirement in 2015 he was the holder of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach Endowed Professorship for Public Finance and Sociology of Finance at the newly founded Political Science Faculty of the University of Erfurt , which he helped establish.

Jürgen Backhaus is the author of a large number of articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is editor of the European Journal of Law and Economics and the book series The European Heritage in Economics and the Social Sciences . In his more than 25-year career as a university professor, he has published more than 70 specialist books.


In 2004 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Thessaly in Volos, Greece, “for his extensive scientific oeuvre and in particular his services to the unity of political science for the benefit of humanity”.

On August 27, 2007, Jürgen Backhaus received the Federal Cross of Merit for his special services to the international reputation and profile of the University of Erfurt.


  • Public companies: On commercial law, the functions and legal forms of public companies. Haag + Herchen, Frankfurt 1977, 2nd revised and expanded edition 1980.
  • with Thomas Eger, Hans G. Nutzinger (Ed.): Participation in business and society: 15 theoretical and empirical studies. Campus, Frankfurt 1978.
  • Economics of the participatory enterprise I. Mohr / Siebeck, Tübingen 1979.
  • Employment Relationship and Employment: Political-Economic Analysis to Combat Unemployment. Campus, Frankfurt 1980.
  • with Hans G. Nutzinger (Ed.): Property Rights and Participation - Property Rights and Participation. Haag + Herchen, Frankfurt 1982.
  • Codetermination in the company: an economic legal analysis of the constitutional court ruling of March 1, 1979. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 1987.
  • with Hans G. Nutzinger (Ed.): Co-Determination: A Discussion of Different Approaches. Springer, Heidelberg / New York 1989.
  • with Yuichi Shionoya, Bertram Schefold: Gustav von Schmoller's life's work. A critical analysis from a modern point of view. Economy and finance, Düsseldorf 1989.
  • (Ed.): System change and reform in eastern economies. Metropolis, Marburg 1991.
  • with Gottfried Eisermann , Peter D. Groenewegen , Francesca Schinzinger : Wilhelm Roscher and his "History of Political Economy in Germany". Economy and finance, Düsseldorf 1992.
  • (Ed.): Gustav Schmoller and the problems of today (= Volkswirtschaftliche Schriften. Issue 430). Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1993.
  • with Gerd Grözinger, Renate Schubert (eds.): Beyond Discrimination; On the institutional conditions of female work in work and family. Metropolis, Marburg 1993.
  • with Johannes Hanel: The Succession: An attempt on Heinrich Herkner, the economist. Metropolis, Marburg 1994.
  • (Ed.): Werner Sombart (1863–1941) - Social Scientist. Vol. I: His Life and Work. Metropolis, Marburg 1996.
  • (Ed.): Werner Sombart (1863–1941) - Social Scientist. Vol. II: His Theoretical Approach Reconsidered. Metropolis, Marburg 1996.
  • (Ed.): Werner Sombart (1863–1941) - Social Scientist. Vol. III: Then and Now. Metropolis, Marburg 1996.
  • (Ed.): Heinrich von Stackelberg (1905–1946). In: Journal of Economic Studies. Vol. 23, No. 5/6, 1996.
  • with Günter Krause (Ed.): On the political economy of transformation. Metropolis, Marburg 1997.
  • with Günter Krause (Ed.): Issues in Transformation Theory, Metropolis, Marburg 1997.
  • (Ed.): Essays on Social Security and Taxation. Gustav von Schmoller and Adolph Wagner Reconsidered. Metropolis, Marburg 1997.
  • with Harald Hermann (Ed.): State-bound freelancers in transition. Nomos, Baden-Baden 1998.
  • with Plamen Tchipev, Frank Stephen (Eds.): Mass Privatation Schemes in Central and East European Countries. Implications on corporate governance. GorexPress, Sofia 1998.
  • (Ed.): Christian Wolff and Law & Economics. Olms, Hildesheim / Zurich / New York 1998.
  • (Ed.): Elgar Companion to Law and Economics. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham 1999 (paperback 2002 edition, new edition 2005).
  • (Ed.): Karl books: Theory - History - Anthropology - Non Market Economics. Metropolis, Marburg 1999.
  • with Hans-Joachim Stadermann (ed.): Georg Simmel's philosophy of money: one hundred years later. Metropolis, Marburg 2000.
  • (Ed.): Werner Sombart (1863–1941) - Classics of the social sciences. Metropolis, Marburg 2000.
  • with Hans-Joachim Stadermann (Ed.): Georg Simmel's Philosophy of Money: A Centenary Appraisal. Metropolis, Marburg 2000.
  • with Fritz Helmedag (Hrsg.): Holzwege - Forest Policy Options on the Test Stand. Metropolis, Marburg 2002.
  • (Ed.): Joseph Alois Schumpeter - Entrepreneurship, Style and Vision (= European Heritage in Economics and the Social Sciences. Vol. 1). Kluwer, Boston 2003.
  • (Ed.): Evolutionary Economic Thought. Elgar, Cheltenham 2003.
  • with Wim Heijman, Andries Nentjes, Johan van Ophem (eds.): Economic Policy in an Orderly Framework - Liber Amicorum for Gerrit Meijer. LIT, Münster 2003.
  • with Detmar Döring (Ed.): The Political Economy of Secession. A Source Book. NZZ, Zurich 2004.
  • with Richard E. Wagner (Ed.): Handbook of Public Finance. Kluwer, Norwell 2004.
  • (Ed.): Essays on Fiscal Sociology. Lang, Frankfurt am Main a. a. 2005.
  • (Ed.): Modern Applications of Austrian Thought. Routledge, 2005.
  • (Ed.): Fiscal Sociology: Public Auditing. Lang, Frankfurt am Main a. a. 2007.
  • (Ed.): Political Economy, Linguistics and Culture: Crossing Bridges. Springer, 2008.

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