The Politics of the New Centre / Edition 1

The Politics of the New Centre / Edition 1

by Bodo Hombach
     
 

ISBN-10: 074562460X

ISBN-13: 9780745624600

Pub. Date: 07/28/2000

Publisher: Wiley

Europe is entering a new political epoch. The centre-left, now in government in many EU countries, has struggled to modernize itself and is now defining the shape of politics for the future.

Bodo Hombach's book is one of the most important early attempts to flesh out the Third Way - moving it from being a successful electoral project to become a governing

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Overview

Europe is entering a new political epoch. The centre-left, now in government in many EU countries, has struggled to modernize itself and is now defining the shape of politics for the future.

Bodo Hombach's book is one of the most important early attempts to flesh out the Third Way - moving it from being a successful electoral project to become a governing philosophy. Hombach, one of Gerhard Schr"der's closest advisers, who was Minister of State in the Chancellor's office, is a colourful and controversial figure. He has been described as the 'German Peter Mandelson' because he was the architect of Schr"der's election victory in 1997, which brought the Social Democrats to power after a decade and a half in opposition. His book, a bestseller in Germany, is the clearest definition of the popular 'Die Neue Mitte' project on which Schröder was elected, and on which the German voters will judge the government. It is striking in its bold rejection of many of the left's traditional approaches - the confrontational traditions of employers versus workers, the private sector versus the public sector, free market forces versus state direction - and this explains why Hombach and his book have been at the centre of the fierce debate about the soul and the future direction of social democracy.

Professor Anthony Giddens and Mark Leonard, in the preface and introduction, put the book in the context of the global debate about the development of the Third Way, and also draw comparisons with events in the United Kingdom.

Hombach's book is destined to become a key text on the future of European social democracy, of interest to political activists, policy-makers and students of politics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745624600
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/28/2000
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Foreword to the Original German Edition
1Breaking the Mould1
2The Maxims of a Proactive State29
3The Future of the Parties56
4The Beginnings of a New Corporatism74
5What Can We Learn From Others?84
6New Paths to Growth and Full Employment103
7Policies for a Proactive Society122
Postscript151
AppendixThe Third Way / Die Neue Mitte157
Index178

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