Against the Third Way

Overview

The Third Way is the political philosophy of Tony Blair and New Labour in Britain, Bill Clinton in the United States, and Gerhard Schroder in Germany. Defended most forcefully by Anthony Giddens, it claims to offer a strategy for renewing the Centre Left that avoids the free-market liberalism of the New Right and the state socialism of the Old Left.

In Against the Third Way Alex Callinicos develops a fundamental critique of this philosophy. He argues that Third Way governments ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (11) from $3.95   
  • New (4) from $14.95   
  • Used (7) from $3.95   
Sending request ...

Overview

The Third Way is the political philosophy of Tony Blair and New Labour in Britain, Bill Clinton in the United States, and Gerhard Schroder in Germany. Defended most forcefully by Anthony Giddens, it claims to offer a strategy for renewing the Centre Left that avoids the free-market liberalism of the New Right and the state socialism of the Old Left.

In Against the Third Way Alex Callinicos develops a fundamental critique of this philosophy. He argues that Third Way governments have continued the neoliberal policies of their conservative predecessors. They have promoted the interests of the multinational corporations, privatized areas where Ronald Reagan or Margaret Thatcher dared not go, and allowed social and economic inequality to continue growing. Callinicos also attacks the theoretical underpinnings of the Third Way. He challenges the idea that the 'knowledge economy' is freeing us from the contradictions of capitalism, denies that New Labour has coherent strategies for achieving greater equality or reconciling the interests of individual and community, and argues that what is called 'political globalization' - the higher profile of international institutions such as NATO, the IMF, and the WTO - masks the assertion of American imperial power.

The best hope for the Left, Callinicos contends, lies in the emergence of an international movement against global capitalism with the protests at Seattle, Prague, and elsewhere. Those who want to see real change should be challenging the logic of the market rather than, like Blair and Clinton, extending its dominion.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'Callinicos presents a fundamentalist leftist critique of "thirdway philosophy", and argues that international protests againstglobal capitalism provide the model for the future development ofthe left. Think of Callinicos as a somewhat more cerebral anddecidedly more hardline Naomi Klein.' The Bookseller


'Callinicos's short book is a goldmine. In the space availablehe offers analysis of, among other things, economic globalisation,the "IT revolution" and its role in the recent US boom, the limits(and possibilities) of state action, the "new world order" and thevarious "humanitarian" wars of interventions of recent years, the"moral agenda" within Third Way politics, and trends towards"global governance". In each case he displays an immense grasp of awide range of sources and presents often complex arguments in anaccessible manner ... Callinicos's book should become an essentialpart of our armour - buy it, read it, use it.' The SocialistReview

'[A] theoretical critique of the Blairite model of modernisationis offered by Alex Callinicos in Against the Third Way,which is unforgiving of those who seek to blur the distinctionsbetween left and right.' Mark Perryman, New Statesman

'This is not just [a] book about ideas but about the politicaleconomy and sociology of capitalism underlying them.'Millennium

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745626758
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

University of York

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction.

1. Masters of the Universe:.

The Globalization Debate.

The Limits of Politics.

Myths of the New Economy.

2. Guardians of Morals:.

Back to Values.

Egalitarianism Betrayed.

Community Imposed.

3. Saviours of Humankind:.

Policing the World.

The Armature of Hegemony.

Imperial Collisions.

4. Alternatives:.

Bucking the Market.

Nine Anti-Capitalist Theses.

Afterword.

Notes.

Index.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)