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"Tony Giddens, allegedly Tony Blair's favourite intellectual,
has done what many considered impossible: he has constructed a
coherent and persuasive definition of the third way. But
importantly he has pulled it off, insisting that rather than being
beyond left and right, it is part of the left, the renewal of
social democracy. This book could be decisive in persuading the
Blairites that they must look to the left rather than the right for
their political future. It is an important and potentially very
significant political intervention." Will Hutton,
Editor-in-Chief, the Observer
"Tony Giddens has made the most significant contribution yet to
laying the intellectual foundations of a modernized centre-left
position. This book will be a landmark. It is a pioneering work of
vital interest to the formation of political thinking on both sides
of the Atlantic." Ian Hargreaves, formerly Editor of New
Statesman and The Independent
"This is an important book that deserves to be taken seriously
... the author puts forward an intellectual defence of Tony Blair's
politics which is engaging, comprehensive and open. It has a punchy
style, and is written with a breathless excitement which makes it
easy to read. The Third Way is a major contribution." The
"A worthwhile and stimulating read." Earth Matters
"Anthony Giddens has earned a considerable reputation among
social scientists over the past three decades as a theorist. Though
important within the academy, such reputations have a limited
cachet in the world at large. Recently, though, Giddens has
attained bona fide celebrity, or at least demicelebrity, status
outside the cloisters, in his related roles as director of the
London School of Economics and intellectual darling of British
Prime Minister Tony Blair's New Labour party. His name by now must
be a household word in his native Britain, given the frequency with
which he is mentioned in the media there. On this side of the
Atlantic as well, he has been interviewed, cited as expert, and his
ideas variously praised and panned in a wide variety of
non-academic, even mainstream media." Christopher J. Richter,
Communication Theory Book Review
"Giddens has constructed a coherent and persuasive 'intergrated political programme'" Harish Kapur, World Affairs<!--end-->
1. Socialism and After.
The death of socialism.
Old-style social democracy.
The neoliberal outlook.
The doctrines compared.
The recent debates.
Structures of political support.
The fate of social democracy.
2. Five Dilemmas. .
Left and right.
Third way politics.
3. State and Civil Society.
The question of civil society.
Crime and community.
The democratic family.
4. The Social Investment State. .
The meaning of equality.
Inclusion and exclusion.
A society of positive welfare.
Social investment strategies.
5. Into the Global Age.
The cosmopolitan nation.
The European Union.
Market fundamentalism on a world scale.