The Third Way and beyond
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The Third Way and beyond

By Sarah Hale
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Book Description

The "Third Way" is said to be the guiding philosophy for New Labour and centre-left parties and governments across the globe. Moving beyond attempts to define and defend the "Third Way", this collection embarks upon a critical examination of this key concept. The editors draw on expert contributions from a range of disciplines and perspectives to dissect the "Third Way" in theory and practice, assess its legacy and suggest alternatives.

The book begins by reviewing attempts to define the "Third Way". It then examines what the "Third Way" implies for our understanding of the economy and the state, before critically assessing the philosophical and practical implications of its attempts to use the term "community". The final section deconstructs "Third Way" rhetoric and discourse. The conclusion reviews how these critical insights might form a basis for alternative political projects.

Written in a rigorous but accessible style, this interdisciplinary collection should be useful reading for anyone with an interest in understanding a key idea propounded by New Labour and the contemporary centre-left. It should appeal to anyone studying politics, sociology, contemporary history, social policy, social and political theory, and applied philosophy. It provides both an introduction to the topic and new and original insights for specialists in the area.

Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • Notes on contributors
  • Part I The Third Way
    • Introduction (Luke Martell)
    • 1 The route map of the Third Way (Armando Barrientos and Martin Powell)
  • Part II The Third Way, economics, equality and the State
    • 2 North Atlantic drift: welfare reform and the ‘Third Way’ politics of New Labour and the New Democrats (Stephen Driver)
    • 3 Generative equality, work and the Third Way: a managerial perspective (Peter McCullen and Colin Harris)
    • 4 What matters is what works: the Third Way and the case of the Private Finance Initiative (Eric Shaw)
  • Part III Community and the Third Way
    • 5 The communitarian ‘philosophy’ of New Labour (Sarah Hale)
    • 6 The Third Way and the politics of community (Eunice Goes)
    • 7 From organisational theory to the Third Way: continuities and contradictions underpinning Amitai Etzioni’s communitarian influence on New Labour (Simon Prideaux)
  • Part IV The discourse and strategy of the Third Way
    • 8 Giddens’s way with words (Paul Cammack)
    • 9 New Labour, citizenship and the discourse of the Third Way (David Morrison)
    • 10 Criticism and the future of the Third Way (Will Leggett)
  • Index
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