Reconstructing the Third Way

  • Will Leggett


Books of this type are vulnerable to the charge of being all about critique, parasitic on existing perspectives and offering no constructive suggestions. Alternatively, whenever closing chapters do put forward tentative proposals, they often feel trite, unoriginal or highly speculative. Wary of these dangers, having analysed the claims of both the Third Way and its critics, and sketched out an alternative way of thinking about centre-left strategies, in this chapter I do move to a more reconstructive agenda. But with important caveats. First, it will have been clear that this is not a work of policy analysis, and what follows is certainly not a list of policy recommendations. Second, there is no manifesto here, nor a rallying call to a particular group of agents to enact a political project. Instead, what follows attempts to use the theoretical approach developed over the book to show how key Third Way themes might be reconstructed along more progressive lines. It is hoped that this will suggest the potential for the Third Way to be opened out into different political directions -both within the still unfolding New Labour project and, ultimately, beyond it.


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© Will Leggett 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Will Leggett
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BirminghamUK

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