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Description - Against the Third Way by Alex Callinicos

The Third Way is the political philosophy of Tony Blair and New
Labour in Britain, Bill Clinton in the United States, and Gerhard
Schroeder in Germany. Defended most forcefully by Anthony
Giddens, it claims to offer a strategy for renewing the Centre Left
that avoids the free-market liberalism of the New Right and the
state socialism of the Old Left.

In Against the Third Way Alex Callinicos develops a
fundamental critique of this philosophy. He argues that Third Way
governments have continued the neoliberal policies of their
conservative predecessors. They have promoted the interests of the
multinational corporations, privatized areas where Ronald Reagan or
Margaret Thatcher dared not go, and allowed social and economic
inequality to continue growing. Callinicos also attacks the
theoretical underpinnings of the Third Way. He challenges the idea
that the 'knowledge economy' is freeing us from the contradictions
of capitalism, denies that New Labour has coherent strategies for
achieving greater equality or reconciling the interests of
individual and community, and argues that what is called 'political
globalization' - the higher profile of international institutions
such as NATO, the IMF, and the WTO - masks the assertion of
American imperial power.

The best hope for the Left, Callinicos contends, lies in the
emergence of an international movement against global capitalism
with the protests at Seattle, Prague, and elsewhere. Those who want
to see real change should be challenging the logic of the market
rather than, like Blair and Clinton, extending its dominion.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780745626741
ISBN-10: 0745626742
Format: Hardback
(223mm x 135mm x 17mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 19-May-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Alex Callinicos

University of York

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