Welfare State Change: Towards a Third Way?

Paperback | April 5, 2005

EditorJane Lewis, Rebecca Surender

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The politics of the Third Way reflects an attempt by many contemporary social democracies to forge a new political settlement which is fitted to the conditions of a modern society and new global economy, but which retains the goals of social cohesion and egalitarianism. It seeks to differentiate itself as distinct from the political ideologies of the New Right and Old Left. Though commonly linked to the US Democratic Party in the Clinton era, it can also be traced to the political discourses in European social democratic parties during the mid-1990s, most notably in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. In social policy terms the model attempts to transcend the old alternatives of the state and the market. Instead, civil society, government, and the market are viewed as interdependent and equal partners in the provision of welfare, and the challenge for government is to create equilibrium between these three pillars. The individual is to be 'pushed' towards self-help, and independent, active citizenship, while business and government must contribute to economic and social cohesion.
This book provides a comprehensive and critical analysis of 'Third Way' social policy and policy processes in the welfare systems of industrialized economies, and examines the extent to which 'Third Way' ideology and institutional structures converge or vary in different national settings. It examines substantive areas of public policy in a broad comparative context of key trends and debates. By assessing the extent to which the post-war social contract in developed welfare states is being renegotiated, the text contributes to a better understanding of the current restructuring andmodernization of the State. Finally the book explores the implications of the new politics of welfare for theorizing inequality, social justice, and the future of welfare.

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The politics of the Third Way reflects an attempt by many contemporary social democracies to forge a new political settlement which is fitted to the conditions of a modern society and new global economy, but which retains the goals of social cohesion and egalitarianism. It seeks to differentiate itself as distinct from the political id...

Jane Lewis is a Barnett Professor of Social Policy, University of Oxford. Rebecca Surender is a University Lecturer in Social Policy and Social Work, University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.56 inPublished:April 5, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part 1: Policy Contexts and Concepts1. Rebecca Surender: Modern Challenges to the Welfare State and the Antecedents of the Third Way2. Stuart White: Welfare Philosophy and the Third Way3. Giuliano Bonoli and Martin Powell: One Third Way or Several?Part 2: Policy Areas, Goals, and Mechanisms4. Janet Newman: Moderninzing the State: A New Style of Governance?5. Jochen Clasen and Daniel Clegg: Does the Third Way Work?: The Left and Labour Market Policy Reform in Britain, France, and Germany6. Helmut Anheier: Third Sector - Third Way: Comparative Perspectives and Policy Reflections7. Mary Daly: Changing Conceptions of Family and Gender Relations in European Welfare States and the Third WayPart 3: Conflicts and Challenges8. Ruth Lister: The Third Way's Social Investment State9. Hartley Dean: The Implications of Third Way Social Policy for Inequality, Social Cohesion, and Citizenship10. Jane Lewis: What is New Labour? Can it Deliver on Social Policy?

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