The Third Way has been hailed by European social democrats as the ideology of the radical centre. Steering a route between state collectivism on the one hand, and market-led neo-liberalism on the other, it promises a new form of governance based on principle not dogma. But third way thinking is not a new phenomenon, and nor is it exclusively of the left. Similar ideas were developed throughout the 20th century and across the political spectrum, from fascism to ecologism. This text introduces the history of third way ideology, surveys its various contrasting forms and locates it within the context of a recurrent crisis of modern European ideologies.
Third Way Discourse
Edinburgh University Press
The Crisis of European Ideologies in the Twentieth Century
Education & Reference