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The State of the European UnionRisks, Reform, Resistance, and Revival$
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Maria Green Cowles and Michael Smith

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198297574

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198297572.001.0001

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Blairism in Brussels: The ‘Third Way’ In Europe Since Amsterdam

Blairism in Brussels: The ‘Third Way’ In Europe Since Amsterdam

(p.266) 14 Blairism in Brussels: The ‘Third Way’ In Europe Since Amsterdam
The State of the European Union

Mark A. Pollack

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Prime Minister Tony Blair’s proposed third-way reform of the European left, and the resistance to these ideas. The third-way is defined as a commitment to a core set of social-democratic values; a particular diagnosis of economic, social, and political change in the late 1990s; and a set of policy tools aimed at promoting social-democratic values. It is argued that changes undergone by the left in Europe varies from country to country, and is unlikely to converge either on the traditional model of regulated capitalism or on Blair’s ‘third-way’ centrism.

Keywords:   European Union, European left, feorm, third-way politics, Tony Blair

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