The Politics of the New Centre / Edition 1

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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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"Bodo Hombach had a major role in the reconstruction of leftistpolitics in Germany that led to the electoral victory of the SocialDemocractic Party in 1998. The history of German social democracyover the past two decades or so quite closely resembles that of theLabour Party in Britain and it isn't surprising that in ThePolitics of the New Centre the author makes considerable playwith the changes initiated by New Labour in the UK.

The ideas presented in this book give form and substance to theevolutuion of the debate about third way politics in theEnglish-speaking world. This translation of Hombach's book is awelcome event. His work should provoke as much interest, andcontroversy, as it did on its initial appearance in Germany."

Anthony Giddens, London School of Economics and PolticalScience.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745624600
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Bodo Hombach is Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Original German Edition
1 Breaking the Mould 1
2 The Maxims of a Proactive State 29
3 The Future of the Parties 56
4 The Beginnings of a New Corporatism 74
5 What Can We Learn From Others? 84
6 New Paths to Growth and Full Employment 103
7 Policies for a Proactive Society 122
Postscript 151
Appendix The Third Way / Die Neue Mitte 157
Index 178
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