The 'Third Way' has been hailed by European social democrats as the ideology of the 'radical centre'. Steering a route between state collectivism on the one hand, and market-led neo-liberalism on the other, it promises a new form of governance based on principle not dogma. But third way thinking is not a new phenomenon, and nor is it exclusively of the left. Similar ideas were developed throughout the twentieth century and across the political spectrum, from fascism to ecologism. This book introduces the history of third way ideology, surveys its various contrasting forms and locates it within the context of a recurrent crisis of modern European ideologies.
Introduction: A Politics Beyond Antagonism?
1. Ideology in Crisis: the 'repertoire' of the Third Way
2. New Labour's Third Way: 'modernising' social democracy
3. Italian Liberal Socialism: anti-fascism and the Third Way
4. Neo-Fascism and the Third Way
5. Green Political Thought and the Third Way
Conclusion: Radical Politics and the Third Way
About the Author
James Martin is Lecturer in Politics at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is author of Gramsci's Political Analysis: A Critical Introduction (Macmillan, 1998) and co-author of Contemporary Social and Political Theory: An Introduction (Open University Press, 1999).
In terms of the theoretical content the book is comprehensive and well grounded … There is certainly a need for more general and theoretically informed placing of the New Labour project in certain contexts.
[This book] would make an excellent contribution to an advanced undergraduate or graduate class on contemporary political theory or ideologies. The writing style is clear, the chapters are well referenced, and the subject matter is relevant ...Third Way Discourse provides an indispensible comparative treatment.