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The Global Third Way Debate

  • ID: 2250433
  • Book
  • March 2001
  • Region: Global
  • 448 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Left–of–centre governments are currently in power in many countries. In greater or lesser degree, all have moved away from traditional doctrines and policies of the left, recognizing that left values have to be pursued by different means today. The term ′third way′ has become a widely accepted, if controversial, label understood by many modernizing social democrats to refer to these attempts at ideological and policy innovation. The debate that has arisen around these developments is a truly world–wide one, stretching from the US and Europe through to Asia, Australasia and Latin America.

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

This book will be of interest to everyone concerned with the future of progressive politics. It provides perhaps the most comprehensive and integrated account to date of core developments in leftist political thinking.

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The Contributors.


Publisher′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 Career′s End: A Third Way Strategy For An Aging Population.

Part 3: Government, Democracy and Economic Power.

17 Joseph Nye: In Government We Don′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.


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Anthony Giddens
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