By W. Leggett
This well timed ebook assesses the legacy of either the 3rd method and its critics. reading the connection among social concept and political procedure, it outlines the root of a post-New Labour undertaking. Collapsing the bounds among sociology and political technological know-how, this e-book is key interpreting for an individual attracted to center-left renewal.
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13 On this view, humans are held not to be isolated individuals, but exist in a mutual web of interdependence. ’14 While the observation that individuals are embedded in their social context, that ‘environment matters’, is seemingly a bland one, Crick has pointed out that: When Blair talked of ‘social-ism’ he seemed to be not rejecting the democratic socialist tradition but coming down in favour of that latter side of it. 15 Thus, in the context of a sustained period of neoliberal, anticollectivist rhetoric, it was politically necessary to make the case for the importance of social relations as opposed to isolated individuals.
51 By 2004, the Conservatives saw this tendency as an opportunity to attack Labour’s attempts to develop a big idea for a third term. Party Chairman Liam Fox said of Blair’s call for an ‘opportunity society’: He cannot stop talking about building new societies and new economies. So far we’ve had ‘the decent society’, the ‘creative economy’, ‘a stakeholder economy’, ‘a new Age of Achievement’ and ‘the partnership economy’. 52 But by defining the Third Way purely in terms of values (or an absence of them), critics face similar problems to Third Wayers themselves.
17 In addition to being used to justify a claim about the socially embedded nature of individuals, community serves further functions in the Third Way. Levitas reviews the approaches of three differing communitarian thinkers who have all been associated with the Third Way: Amitai Etzioni, John Gray and John MacMurray. 18 38 After New Labour Despite agreement over the broad purposes of community, there are variations in how the concept is deployed and interpreted. Most fundamentally, there is a lack of clarity over the exact scope of the community that is being invoked.
After New Labour: Social Theory and Centre-Left Politics by W. Leggett