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Social welfare for the twenty-first century

Social democracy has made a political comeback in recent years, especially under the influence of the ‘Third Way’. Not everyone is convinced, however, that ‘Third Way’ social democracy is the best means of reviving the Left's project. This book considers this dissent and offers an alternative approach. Bringing together a range of social and political theories, it engages with some contemporary debates regarding the present direction and future of the Left. Drawing upon egalitarian, feminist and environmental ideas, the book proposes that the social democratic tradition can be renewed but only if the dominance of conservative ideas is challenged more effectively. It explores a number of issues with this aim in mind, including justice, the state, democracy, new technologies, future generations and the advances in genetics.

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Kevin Harrison and Tony Boyd

, we discuss the present position of ‘equality’: has its value decreased in general esteem because of the almost universal acceptance of liberal capitalism and its emphasis on ‘freedom’ as the prime political and social goal? POINTS TO CONSIDER Why has equality been valued less than liberty in Western societies? Do recent advances in genetics give the lie to the

in Understanding political ideas and movements
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Caroline Rusterholz

before and during the First World War, and ‘reform eugenics’, which dominated the interwar years. The first focused on class and race while the second acknowledged the advances in genetics and the impact of environment on population issues. See Kevles, In the Name of Eugenics . See also M. Freeden, ‘Eugenics and progressive thought: a study in ideological affinity’, The Historical Journal , 22:3 (1979), pp. 645–71; Macnicol, ‘Eugenics and the campaign’; Mazumdar, Eugenics ; R. A. Soloway, ‘The “perfect contraceptive”’: eugenics and birth control research in Britain

in Women’s medicine