Introduction: Reinventing the Third Way

  • Kenneth Nordberg
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Democracy, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship for Growth book series (DIG)


In different time periods, the concept of the Third Way has involved finding an appropriate level of relation between politics and the economy. The reinvention of the Third Way departs from an understanding of the concept that resulted in a reduction of options for voters, and a failure to respond to the new kinds of demands of individualised, reflexive citizens. The chapter ends by setting the agenda for the book, to illustrate the necessity for a synchronisation of the economic and political systems.


The Third Way Society systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth Nordberg
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  1. 1.Åbo Akademi UniversityVasaFinland

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