Third Way Politics Today

  • Steven Bastow
  • James Martin


The Third Way’ has come to symbolize the effort to revive European social democratic politics at the start of the twenty-first century. Having rejected old-style socialist statism and the free-market economics of the New Right, leading social democrats claim to have identified an alternative that cuts a path between state and market. Two of the major parties of the left in Europe — the British Labour Party under Tony Blair and the German Social Democrats under Gerhard Schröder — have heralded a Third Way or, in German, a ‘new middle’ (Neue Mitte), an ideology of the ‘radical centre’ (see Blair, 1998, 2001; Blair and Schröder, 1999). Instead of a confrontational leftism, doomed forever to protest and never govern, proponents of the Third Way have announced a politics that purports to move beyond the antagonism between left and right.


Political Ideology Formal Conceptual Analysis Social Democracy Social Democrat Discourse Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven Bastow
    • 1
  • James Martin
    • 2
  1. 1.Kingston UniversityLondonUK
  2. 2.University of LondonUK

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