|The Third Way
Beyond the politics of extremes, social exclusion, isolation and despair
Will the concept of the "Third Way" develop into a viable socio-economic / political philosophy ... or will it remain the enduring legacy of President Bill Clinton and the New Democrats, and Prime Minister Tony Blair and The New Labour.
What is the Third Way?
The vision of those behind the Third Way is the need to move away from what they see as a sterile debate between left and right - between those who favour either the state or the free market doing everything. Instead, they are looking towards a new form of political philosophy that focuses on adapting economies and societies to the demands and pressures of globalisation. In practise, the idea emerged in the US in the 1980s when a group called the Democratic Leadership Council was set up be people worried that the Democratic Party had drifted too far to the left, and needed to be brought back into the centre to appeal to a wider constituency. This strategy culminated in 1992 when the Chairman of the DLC - Governor Bill Clinton - was elected President campaigning as a "New Democrat", stressing the themes of opportunity and responsibility and promoting programmes like welfare to work. Some of the slogans - as well as specific policies - were adopted in the UK by Tony Blair as Labour became New Labour.
Websites dedicated to The Third Way
The Fabian Society is the UK's only membership based left of centre
The Third Way Debate From: London School of Economics and Political Science | By: Anthony Giddens : EDITOR'S INTRODUCTION | Anthony Giddens provides a penetrating corrective to common misperceptions about the Third Way. The Third Way does not refer to a political middle path between right and left. Rather, it is an overarching label used to refer to debates about the renewal of social democracy. In the age of globalisation and the knowledge economy, the traditional left has to rethink its political stance and solutions to perennial issues such as inequality, social exclusion and good governance. Giddens argues that the debate surrounding the Third Way is one effective way of approaching such questions.
Progressive Policy Institute
Clinton on The Third Way
Blair on The Third Way
'A Britain in which
nobody is left behind'
Let us build a new political
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face these challenges together
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