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Blairism in Brussels: The ‘Third Way’ In Europe Since Amsterdam

Mark A. Pollack

in The State of the European Union

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780198297574
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598982 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198297572.003.0014
Blairism in Brussels: The ‘Third Way’ In Europe Since Amsterdam

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This chapter examines Prime Minister Tony Blair’s proposed third-way reform of the European left, and the resistance to these ideas. The third-way is defined as a commitment to a core set of social-democratic values; a particular diagnosis of economic, social, and political change in the late 1990s; and a set of policy tools aimed at promoting social-democratic values. It is argued that changes undergone by the left in Europe varies from country to country, and is unlikely to converge either on the traditional model of regulated capitalism or on Blair’s ‘third-way’ centrism.

Keywords: European Union; European left; feorm; third-way politics; Tony Blair

Chapter.  11409 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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