ABSTRACT

From the liberal perspective, freedom represents a fundamental value and the minimal basis for reaching a consensus between parties even if all their other priorities diverge (Rose, 1995). Freedom contrasts with dependence and submission, subjection to external control. Freedom and power as the manifestation of one actor’s control over the other actor’s behavior refer to two mutually exclusive forms of social and economic organization: “liberty is the absence of social power over one” (Dowding, 1991, p. 55). In the same vein, the market is seen as a liberating force, in both a literal and figurative sense. 1