By W. Leggett
This well timed e-book assesses the legacy of either the 3rd method and its critics. reading the connection among social idea and political method, it outlines the root of a post-New Labour venture. Collapsing the bounds among sociology and political technology, this ebook is vital analyzing for someone drawn to center-left renewal.
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A. T. Hobhouse and later Beveridge and Keynes were ‘New Liberals’, pre-1914 New Liberalism can be characterised as reacting against the atomised, laissez-faire approach of classical or ‘old’ liberalism. 44 Vincent suggests that after 1914, this New Liberalism itself developed left, centre and right variations which have characterised the major forms of left thinking in Britain in the twentieth century. He argues that contemporary ideological competition, between the neoliberal right and the Third Way of the centre-left, mirrors the struggle between ‘classical’ and ‘new’ liberalism.
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. The result is that businesses have to compete globally with regard to their technologies, workforce and products.
The mantra of ‘no rights without responsibilities’ is perhaps the most closely associated with New Labour and the Third Way. Advocates suggest that the innovation of the Third Way is to recognise the reciprocity of rights and duties. Blair is clear that he is making a value-judgement about the old left and New Right for their failure to narrate the importance of responsibility to the community. In the case of the left this amounted to the granting of rights (in the form of welfare benefits in particular), without an emphasis on the reciprocal role of obligations.