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By W. Leggett

This well timed ebook assesses the legacy of either the 3rd means and its critics. examining the connection among social concept and political process, it outlines the root of a post-New Labour undertaking. Collapsing the limits among sociology and political technology, this ebook is vital examining for an individual attracted to center-left renewal.

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This involves not clinging on to outdated ideas, nor dogmatically affirming the new times, but rather enabling the protection of valued practices amidst necessary modernisation. 21 It provides a theoretical sketch of a possible role for the centre-left in the face of new times, by recombining aspects of left and right. The problem for centre-left political strategists is that philosophic conservatism in no sense provides a programmatic outline for a centreleft party such as New Labour. Philosophic conservatism is an account of the necessary, defensive function of politics per se, rather than a programme that is necessarily of the centre-left.

Work, welfare and social exclusion Globalisation and changes in the technology and organisation of production also affect the Third Way understanding of the relationship between work, welfare and social exclusion. Third Wayers point to the end of the idea of a job for life, the mass movement of women into employment, a simultaneous growth in part-time work and a pervasive sense of insecurity about work contracts. The move to flexible, short-term contracts and the growth in part-time employment has meant that most people can expect to undergo periods when they are out of work, and will often have to retrain to be able to enter new areas of the economy and keep up with technological innovations.

This thesis holds that as a result of the social and economic changes described throughout this chapter, social class has become a weak indicator of voting preference. ’39 Indeed, political allegiance per se is less fixed and partisan, evidenced in the rise of the ‘floating voter’. 43 Giddens suggests that ‘to be on the left is indeed primarily a matter of values. ’44 The assumption here is that whereas ideology tends to rely on fixed material interests, values are better able to tap into the newly diverse lifestyle and ethical concerns of the electorate.

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