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The Third Way and the case of the Private Finance Initiative

, but these would be increasingly supplied, under contract, by private firms. David Marquand has argued that the fate of ‘social democracy and the public domain are inextricably intertwined [for] without a vibrant public domain, ring-fenced from the market and private domains, social democratic politics cannot flourish’. 76 If so, in this may lie the ultimate significance

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democratic process. Politicians and political parties raise vast sums of money to fund campaigns, especially in the USA. All social democracies have large public sectors and elections have become little more than attempts to ‘bribe the people with their own money’, with scant mature public debate over policies. The complexity of modern political issues means that political representatives must use their judgement on the

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years to be the economic driving force of the modern global economy. John Rawls Defending social democracy in A Theory of Justice (1971), John Rawls argued for liberty in an unequal society. He stated that every person has a right to the greatest possible liberty concomitant with the same degree of liberty allowed to others. Liberty is defined in rather narrow terms: freedom of

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‘liberty’ appeared to be increasingly taken by many people to mean ‘licence’, a lack of restraint, a lack of moderation and self-respect, as well as lacking the central liberal value of respect for the rights of others. Liberalism, as a distinct ideological movement, continued to be squeezed by both conservatism and social democracy. Politicians of both the right and the left plundered liberalism for ideas

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Lessons for the Conservatives?

. In Gore, George W. Bush faced an opponent who abandoned some of the political territory that had been taken by Clinton and instead turned to themes associated with the Democratic Party’s traditions. At times, the Gore campaign had a populist edge as he turned against corporate interests. New Labour and ‘Blairism’ are different. They have not only broken with earlier forms of labourism, they also owe relatively little to the traditions of either social democracy or European Christian Democrats. Instead, there are close parallels between Blair’s thinking and that of

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in Interpreting the Labour Party
Interpreting the unions–party link

Representation in the British House of Commons 1874–1975, Hassocks Neale, J. (1983) Memoirs of a Callous Picket ITLP_C10.QXD 18/8/03 10:01 am Steve Ludlam Page 165 165 NSCAC (1977) Breakdown: The Crisis in Your Public Services NUPE (1977) Fight Back! O’Connor, J. (1973) The Fiscal Crisis of the State, New York Offe, C. (1984) Contradictions of the Welfare State Panitch, L. (1976) Social Democracy and Industrial Militancy: The Labour Party, Trade Unions and Incomes Policy, 1945–74, Cambridge Panitch, L. (1986) ‘Ideology and integration: the case of the British Labour

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economic theory’, Journal of Economic Perspectives, 3:4 Etzioni, A. (1965) The Comparative Analysis of Complex Organisations Haas, J. E. and Drabek, T. E. (1973) Complex Organisations: A Sociological Perspective Harrison, B. (1996) The Transformation of British Politics 1860–1995, Oxford Howell, C. (2000) ‘Is there a Third Way for the party–union relationship? The industrial relations project of New Labour’, paper presented at the Political Studies Association Annual Conference Kitschelt, H. (1994) The Transformation of European Social Democracy, Cambridge Ludlam, S

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politics the key for any form of global democracy and is corroborated by the fact that the majority of citizens still predominately value their national identity over other allegiances and see their national governments as the primary providers of public goods (Rodrik 2011; Tarrow 2011). Concurrently, our present forms of national political democracy are said to be in crisis (Hay 2007). This pivots on the collapse of post-war social democracy and the rise of neo-liberalism, which has engendered large-scale wealth inequality and the hegemony of finance capitalism over the

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Class polarisation and neo-liberalism in the Irish Republic

a different way than their US counterparts. The strength of social democracy in Europe compared with that in the United States meant that far greater emphasis was placed on coopting social partners and bringing them to see the necessity and ‘inevitability’ of new measures. This emphasis on social partnership is virtually institutionalised in the EU, in the Protocol on Social Policy, which has created the legal basis for the so-called ‘Social Dialogue’. According to Keller and Storries: [the] new, more formalised dialogue guarantees representation of the interests

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