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By W. Leggett

This well timed e-book assesses the legacy of either the 3rd method and its critics. studying the connection among social idea and political procedure, it outlines the foundation of a post-New Labour undertaking. Collapsing the limits among sociology and political technological know-how, this booklet is key analyzing for an individual attracted to center-left renewal.

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36 Similarly, the rhetoric of ‘no rights without responsibilities’, embodied in welfare-to-work programmes, reflects a shift from comprehensive social protection to placing the onus to find work upon the individual. While the right to generate profit is taken as given, the responsibilities of the super-rich to pay taxes, or those of employers towards their employees, are not highlighted with the same fervour. Interestingly, work by Burnham implies that even the Third Way values of transparency, accountability and devolution of powers in economic and other policy decision-making, can be accounted for in terms of the state’s relationship to capital.

The following chapter examines the Third Way’s claims to be based upon values, as well as the efforts of commentators to identify its political character on this basis. 2 Third Way Values Third Way values? Ever since the inception of New Labour, Blair and his project have been widely accused of being purely pragmatic and ‘not believing in anything’. There is thus no little irony in the fact that, on the issue of Iraq, Blair gave his most forceful demonstration of conviction-based leadership; yet it is this very conviction that may tarnish his legacy forever.

First, they rely on the same a priori categories as value-based articulations of the Third Way. These categories have 48 After New Labour sustained debates concerning, for example, the nature of liberalism and socialism and the relations between them, regardless of changing historical circumstances. An all too familiar set of arguments is reproduced ad infinitum. This is not to say that debates about the character of the Third Way in relation to, say, New Liberalism are unimportant or cannot produce any insights, but they are not sensitive to the specific empirical dynamics that gave rise to the Third Way.

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