After New Labour: Social Theory and Centre-Left Politics by W. Leggett

By W. Leggett

This well timed ebook assesses the legacy of either the 3rd approach and its critics. interpreting the connection among social concept and political approach, it outlines the root of a post-New Labour venture. Collapsing the bounds among sociology and political technology, this e-book is key examining for a person drawn to center-left renewal.

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Thus, those who are broadly supportive of the global liberalisation of trade, such as Blair and Giddens, tend to identify neutral technological developments as its basis. 29 Despite these debates, in order to understand the relationship of the Third Way to globalisation, it doesn’t matter which account of globalisation is empirically correct. 30 The Third Way account of economic globalisation is familiar. Owing to the spread of communication technologies and the liberalisation of trade, capital can move instantaneously around the globe, based upon the decisions of investors.

23 40 After New Labour Opportunities, rights and responsibilities Despite criticisms of community, for Third Wayers its key function is to both provide opportunities and encourage the acceptance of responsibilities. The Third Way sees an active role for government in the creation of substantive, as opposed to just legalistic, opportunity. As White suggests, ‘it involves a commitment to substantive or real opportunity for basic goods such as education, jobs, income, and wealth. ’24 Blair endorses this notion of positive freedom (freedom to), as opposed to the negative view of liberty (freedom from) advocated by neoliberalism.

We might think here of a neighbourhood where personal and kinship ties are strong and there is a broad consensus over norms and values. This is often the type of community identified in the work of communitarian writers such as Etzioni. It is also precisely this kind of ‘concrete’ community that is the focus of much Third Way social policy. This is evident, for example, in initiatives on local regeneration that seek to utilise the knowledge of local actors. The approach is also visible in crime prevention measures that force the criminal to face the moral approbation of the victim or the local community.

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