By W. Leggett
This well timed booklet assesses the legacy of either the 3rd means and its critics. interpreting the connection among social conception and political procedure, it outlines the foundation of a post-New Labour undertaking. Collapsing the bounds among sociology and political technology, this e-book is vital analyzing for somebody attracted to center-left renewal.
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Reconciling ‘false’ opposites, such as state and market or fairness and efficiency, maintains an affinity with the ethos of preservation underpinning philosophic conservatism. It implies that the Third Way accepts the dynamism of the new times, but that it can simultaneously protect those areas that it values. Thus, economic efficiency is promoted through deregulation and flexible labour markets, but policies are also put in place to combat the market’s dislocatory effects. The latter include the minimum wage and programmes aimed at overcoming social exclusion.
On this view, even the centrality of ‘opportunity’ to Third Way values is in keeping with Labour’s traditions. 49 This, of course, is also precisely the objective of the New Labour leadership in trying to distance itself from a homogenised ‘old left’. The result is to gloss over the historical evidence which reveals a remarkable degree of consistency between the broad objectives of ‘old’ and ‘new’ Labour. ) of a social democratic revisionism that Third Way Values 47 must, by definition, continually adapt its means as the society it seeks to manage develops.
37 In addition to sharing neoliberalism’s celebration of capitalism, the Third Way is also criticised for echoing its conservative and authoritarian cultural elements. 38 On this view, rather than being seen as a site of empowerment for the individual, community comes to represent the imposition of enforced, typically conservative, norms and values (see Chapter 8). This links again with responsibility, in particular with the prescriptive attitude taken towards responsibilities to seek work, and also in criminal justice measures.