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Social Democracy in Neoliberal TimesThe Left and Economic Policy since 1980$
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The Late Andrew Glyn

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199241378

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199241378.001.0001

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How Many Ways Can Be Third?

How Many Ways Can Be Third?

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(p.312) 12 How Many Ways Can Be Third?
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Social Democracy in Neoliberal Times
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Adam Przeworski

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199241378.003.0012

The advantages and the extent of impact of social democratic policies can be determined and realised by looking at the type of leadership and the type of followers present in a country. For the past century, advocates have continuously uncovered ‘third ways’ because of the idea that social democracy is challenged by new situations, increased demands, bigger opportunities, and amplified obstacles. Social democrats sought for new ways not because the old way would not help the materialisation of their objectives, but because some goals were just not attainable with the traditional processes and guidelines. Whichever context it is situated in, a new strategy will bring forth abandonment of some targets. Therefore, the success of social democracy cannot be assessed by solely looking at their previous achievements, but through their present and future developments.

Keywords:   social democratic policies, type of governance, ‘third ways, ’ goals, development

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