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The third way: a compromise of the Left?: New Labour, the Independent Labour Party and making work pay

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Journal publication date2009
JournalPolicy and Politics
Number of pages16
Original languageEnglish


The third way is commonly held to mean a compromise between 'old' Labour and the New Right: social justice via free market mechanisms and practices. However, before this use of the term, now Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, was using the term to describe a compromise between different factions of the Left. This article explores this interpretation of the third way by examining the context - an analysis of the Independent Labour Party's living wage proposal of the 1920s - in which Brown used the term and the implications that it has for understanding New Labour's approach to making work pay