The Global Third Way Debate / Edition 1

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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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'This book widens the debate to worldwide issues.' Iain Dale,Bookseller Buyer's Guide

'Anthony Giddens has been one of the most prominent participantsin recent debates about the future of social democracy; his ideashave provided intellectual support for the new Labour project ...Whether one is sympathetic or sceptical [about the third waydebate], this book provides an excellent starting point forunderstanding current developments in social-democratic thinking.'Times Higher Education Supplement

'With an impressive range of international contributors, thisbook provides a real sense of context to what can, on occasion, bea depressingly narrow debate.' Mark Perryman, NewStatesman

'In a word, this book covers a lot ... Giddens has mined therichest corners of the fullest lodes. No collection is betterillustrative of third way arguments ... The Global Third WayDebate is a premier state-of-the-art volume, an indispensablereference for students and citizens.' Millennium

"It may be too early for an obituary for the third way, butGiddens' assessment of neoliberalism-too socially corrosive toprovide a lasting political formula-might one day soon come inhandy." Canadian Journal of Political Science

"This excellent volume raises many important questions. Itshould be read and debated by anyone interested in working for aliveable planet." British Journal of Sociology

"The book is a success....In this way the book serves as auseful introduction to some of the best recent on the future ofprogressive governance - as a sort of intellectual cheese sampler,offering alot of small but tasty portions that, whet the appetitefor more." Frank Cass Publishers

"...the third way has become the only way...For this reasonalone it is important that we shouldinform ourselves about it andhere 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 undoubtedlyprove valuable to any student or academic who is interested incurrent debates on social, environmental and economic policy, thewelfare state and the more general relations between state andsociety in late modernity." Environmental Politics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745627427
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/3/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

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 TheThird Way.

3 Wolfgang Merkel: The Third Ways Of SocialDemocracy.

4 Thomas Meyer: From Godesberg To The Neue Mitte: The NewSocial Democracy In Germany.

5 Paul Dalziel: A Third Way For New Zealand?.

6 William A Galston and Elaine C Kamarck: Five RealitiesThat Will Shape 21st Century US Politics.

Part 2: The Welfare State, Social Policy andInequality.

7 Maurizio Ferrera, Anton Hemerijck and Martin Rhodes:The Future Of Social Europe: Recasting Work and Welfare In The NewEconomy.

8 Gosta Esping-Anderson: A Welfare State For The 21stCentury.

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 SocialProtection.

13 Lutz Leisering and Stephen Leibfried: Paths Out OfPoverty: Perspectives On Active Policy.

14 David Downes: The Macho Penal Economy: MassIncarceration In The US, A European Perspective.

15 Helen Wilkinson: The Family Way: Navigating A ThirdWay In Family Policy.

16 Anne-Marie Guillemard: Work Or Retirement At Career'sEnd: 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 ItsFuture.

19 Benjamin Barber: How To Make Society Civil andDemocracy Strong.

20 Mike Allen: Stakeholding By Any Other Name: A ThirdWay Business Strategy.

21 Simon Szreter: A New Political Economy; the ImportanceOf 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 TheThird Way.

24 Joseph Stilitz: An Agenda for Development for theTwenty-First Century.

25 Luiz Carlos Bresser Pereira: The New Left Viewed Fromthe South.

26 Ethan B Kapstein: The Third Way and The InternationalOrder.

27 Michael Edwards: Humanising Global Capitalism: WhichWay Forward?.

28 David Held: Regulating Globalisation? The Reinventionof Politics.


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