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Criticisms, futures, alternatives

In the late 1990s Third Way governments were in power across Europe - and beyond, in the USA and Brazil, for instance. The Third Way experiment was one that attracted attention worldwide. The changes made by Left parties in Scandinavia, Holland, France or Italy since the late 1980s are as much part of Third Way politics as those developed in Anglo-Saxon countries. Since the early 1990s welfare reform has been at the heart of the Centre-Left's search for a new political middle way between post-war social democracy and Thatcherite Conservatism. For Tony Blair, welfare reform was key to establishing his New Labour credentials - just as it was for Bill Clinton and the New Democrats in the USA. Equality has been 'the polestar of the Left', and the redefinition of this concept by Giddens and New Labour marks a significant departure from post-war social democratic goals. The most useful way of approaching the problem of the Blair Government's 'Third Way' is to apply the term to its 'operational code': the precepts, assumptions and ideas that actually inform policy choice. The choice would be the strategy of public-private partnership (PPP) or the Private Finance Initiative (PFI), as applied to health policy. New Labour is deeply influenced by the thoughts and sentiments of Amitai Etzioni and the new communitarian movement. Repoliticisation is what stands out from all the contributions of reconstructing the Third Way along more progressive lines.

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Welfare reform and the ‘Third Way’ politics of New Labour and the New Democrats
Stephen Driver

Since the early 1990s welfare reform has been at the heart of the Centre-Left’s search for a new political middle way between post-war social democracy and Thatcherite Conservatism. For Tony Blair, welfare reform was key to establishing his New Labour credentials – just as it was for Bill Clinton and the New Democrats in the USA. 1 In government

in The Third Way and beyond
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Luke Martell

the day of the Third Way seemed to have disappeared even more quickly than it had found itself in the ascendant. The New Democrats were defeated for the US presidency by Republican George W. Bush. Across Europe parties of the Right knocked out of power Third Way exponents from the Centre-Left. Blair in Britain, perhaps the Third Way’s foremost advocate, remained in power but

in The Third Way and beyond
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Geoffrey K. Roberts and Patricia Hogwood

(Italy)/Movimento per l’Ulivo MRG Left Radical Movement (France) (now PRG)/Mouvement Radical de Gauche MSI Italian Social Movement/Movimento Sociale Italiano MSP Moderate Unity Party (Sweden)/Moderate Samlingspartiet ND New Democracy (Greece)/Nea Demokratia ND New Democrats (Sweden)/Ny Demokrati NPD National Democratic Party of Germany/Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands NUDF New Union for French

in The politics today companion to West European Politics
Armando Barrientos and Martin Powell

Introduction Although the ‘Third Way’ has had many previous incarnations, the current version is generally said to have originated with the New Democrats and the Clinton administration, from 1992 in the USA, 1 and been taken up by Blair’s New Labour Government in the UK. However, there remains widespread debate over whether the term is applicable

in The Third Way and beyond
Tony Fitzpatrick

. The consolidation and growth of the security state can then be witnessed in the bulk of New Labour’s social and criminal policies, and the ways in which those disciplinary boundaries are flimsier than ever. As a last word I suspect that, without a substantial change of direction, New Labour’s eventual replacement in power by the Conservatives will produce no greater discontinuities than the replacement of the New Democrats by Bush junior’s Republicans in the US. Information We now move on and explore the NSD’s relationship to the information society by applying the

in After the new social democracy