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Beyond the Third Way: the science of complexity and the politics of choice.

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Journal publication date1/05/2003
JournalThe British Journal of Politics and International Relations
Journal number2
Volume5
Number of pages21
Pages237-257
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Focusing on the work of Anthony Giddens, this article reviews his vision of the Third Way and argues that it reflects a new and fundamental ‘complexity’ shift within the social sciences. His ability to partially recognise and integrate this shift into his thinking gives the Third Way much of its power and coherence. However, his unwillingness to accept the shift's full implications and his determination to find the one new way for the left blinds him to its more contingent and complex implications. By coming to terms with the development of complexity theory in the natural and social sciences, this article will attempt to go beyond the Third Way and argue that there is not one, two or three ways, but hundreds.

Bibliographic note

RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Politics and International Studies