The Global Third Way Debate

The Global Third Way Debate

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The term 'third way' has become a widely accepted, if controversial, label understood by many modernizing social democrats to refer to the left's attempts at ideological and policy innovation. The debate that has arisen around these developments is a truly world-wide one, from the US and Europe through to Asia, Australasia and Latin America.
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  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 155 x 228 x 24mm | 676g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0745627420
  • 9780745627427
  • 1,232,832

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Left-of-centre governments are currently in power in manycountries. In greater or lesser degree, all have moved away fromtraditional doctrines and policies of the left, recognizing thatleft values have to be pursued by different means today. The term'third way' has become a widely accepted, if controversial, labelunderstood by many modernizing social democrats to refer to theseattempts at ideological and policy innovation. The debate that hasarisen around these developments is a truly world-wide one, stretching from the US and Europe through to Asia, Australasia andLatin America.

Anthony Giddens has been perhaps the foremost contributorto the global third way discussion. In this book he has broughttogether some of the key contributions from around the world.Articles included cover, among other topics: the development of thethird way policies in EU countries; welfare institutions andwelfare reforms; economic and social policy; trust, the civic orderand government; the strains and stresses of democracy; theregulation of corporate power; ecological modernization; the thirdway viewed from the South; global governance.

This book will be of interest to everyone concerned with thefuture of progressive politics. It provides perhaps the mostcomprehensive and integrated account to date of core developmentsin leftist political thinking.
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Table of contents

The Contributors. Acknowledgements. Publishera s Note. Introduction: Anthony Giddens. Part 1: One Or More Third Ways?. 1 Mark Latham: The Third Way: An Outline Statement. 2 Stephen Driver and Luke Martell: Left, Right And The Third Way. 3 Wolfgang Merkel: The Third Ways Of Social Democracy. 4 Thomas Meyer: From Godesberg To The Neue Mitte: The New Social Democracy In Germany. 5 Paul Dalziel: A Third Way For New Zealand?. 6 William A Galston and Elaine C Kamarck: Five Realities That Will Shape 21st Century US Politics. Part 2: The Welfare State, Social Policy and Inequality. 7 Maurizio Ferrera, Anton Hemerijck and Martin Rhodes: The Future Of Social Europe: Recasting Work and Welfare In The New Economy. 8 Gosta Esping--Anderson: A Welfare State For The 21st Century. 9 James Midgley: Growth, Redistribution and Welfare: Toward Social Investment. 10 Ronald Dworkin: Does Equality Matter?. 11 Anthony Giddens: The Question Of Inequality. 12 Vito Tanzi: Taxation and The Future Of Social Protection. 13 Lutz Leisering and Stephen Leibfried: Paths Out Of Poverty: Perspectives On Active Policy. 14 David Downes: The Macho Penal Economy: Mass Incarceration In The US, A European Perspective. 15 Helen Wilkinson: The Family Way: Navigating A Third Way In Family Policy. 16 Anne--Marie Guillemard: Work Or Retirement At Careera s End: A Third Way Strategy For An Aging Population. Part 3: Government, Democracy and Economic Power. 17 Joseph Nye: In Government We Dona t Trust. 18 Yves Meny: Five (Hypo) Theses On Democracy and Its Future. 19 Benjamin Barber: How To Make Society Civil and Democracy Strong. 20 Mike Allen: Stakeholding By Any Other Name: A Third Way Business Strategy. 21 Simon Szreter: A New Political Economy; the Importance Of Social Capital. 22 Hugh Collins: Is There A Third Way in Labour Law?. . Part 4: A Global Third Way. 23 Michael Jacobs: The Environment, Modernity and The Third Way. 24 Joseph Stilitz: An Agenda for Development for the Twenty--First Century. 25 Luiz Carlos Bresser Pereira: The New Left Viewed From the South. 26 Ethan B Kapstein: The Third Way and The International Order. 27 Michael Edwards: Humanising Global Capitalism: Which Way Forward?. 28 David Held: Regulating Globalisation? The Reinvention of Politics. Index
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a This book widens the debate to worldwide issues.a Iain Dale, Bookseller Buyera s Guide a Anthony Giddens has been one of the most prominent participants in recent debates about the future of social democracy; his ideas have provided intellectual support for the new Labour project ... Whether one is sympathetic or sceptical [about the third way debate], this book provides an excellent starting point for understanding current developments in social--democratic thinking.a Times Higher Education Supplement a With an impressive range of international contributors, this book provides a real sense of context to what can, on occasion, be a depressingly narrow debate.a Mark Perryman, New Statesman a In a word, this book covers a lot ... Giddens has mined the richest corners of the fullest lodes. No collection is better illustrative of third way arguments ... The Global Third Way Debate is a premier state--of--the--art volume, an indispensable reference for students and citizens.a Millennium "It may be too early for an obituary for the third way, but Giddensa assessment of neoliberalism--too socially corrosive to provide a lasting political formula--might one day soon come in handy." Canadian Journal of Political Science "This excellent volume raises many important questions. It should be read and debated by anyone interested in working for a liveable planet." British Journal of Sociology "The book is a success...In this way the book serves as a useful introduction to some of the best recent on the future of progressive governance -- as a sort of intellectual cheese sampler, offering alot of small but tasty portions that, whet the appetite for more." Frank Cass Publishers "...the third way has become the only way...For this reason alone it is important that we shouldinform ourselves about it and here is no better way to do this than to read this book". Stephen Ryan, University of Ulster. "With so many high quality chapters, this book will undoubtedly prove valuable to any student or academic who is interested in current debates on social, environmental and economic policy, the welfare state and the more general relations between state and society in late modernity." Environmental Politics
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About Anthony Giddens

Anthony Giddens is Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was formerly Professor of Sociology and Fellow of Kinga s College at the University of Cambridge.
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