Nor is “the third way” just any other book about what the third way is it is the first detailed account of it by the man who has become its chief british prophet and interpreter. In this essay i would be discussing how the third way's ideologies have affected the development of social policy within britain i will be concentrating on their success and failure by comparing it policies with other the political ideology of the new right and the old left. It ends with this goal: let the politics of the third way and the neue mitte be europe's new hope is europe to be modernised like blair's britain what that meant, was visually summarised in a photo of blair and his war staff during the iraq air strikes (18 december 1998.
In the end, though, bagehot decided to skip the second reading of anthony giddens's “the third way”, published this week by polity press for the time being, first impressions must stand this book is awesomely, magisterially and in some ways disturbingly vacuous. Historically, the term third way was used to refer to a variety of forms of government—from nordic social democracy to fascism at the end of the 20th century, however, it acquired a more specific meaning when british sociologist anthony giddens used it to describe an alternative to neoliberalism and social democracy in an era of globalization.
The labour government elected in may 1997 has seen the reform of the welfare state to be one of its major tasks its big idea to achieve this is the third way, which is said to be a new and distinctive approach that differs from both the old left and the new right. Our focus in this article is on third way ideas in britain – in particular as articulated by new la-bour and commentators who have engaged with labour modernisers and the policies of the la-bour government attempts to define a third way stephen driver and luke martell: left, right and the third way. What was the third way all about the so-called third way is new labour's attempt to build itself an ideological foundation in the face of accusations that the decision to re-christen the party and re-write clause iv was motivated purely by electoralism, tony blair and peter mandelson sought to prove their ideological convictions.
The third way therefore is very much an ongoing conversation among politicians, political strategists and political theorists about governing along a centrist course between – or beyond – the ideological spectrum of left and right.
Blair has not attempted this kind of explicit political-theory categorisation for his new labour, preferring vague terms like new or modernisation since the victory of gerhard schröder, it seems that third way will become the definitive label, in european media (its impact may be in a negative sense - in the issues it ignores.
More than this though, like so many ideologies the third way runs the risk of overstating the capacity of government to deliver, to change the way people are, the ways they choose to live their lives.