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

Geyer, Robert R. (2003) Beyond the Third Way: the science of complexity and the politics of choice. The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 5 (2). pp. 237-257. ISSN 1467-856X

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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.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: The British Journal of Politics and International Relations
Additional Information: RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Politics and International Studies
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 3205
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 25 Mar 2008 16:07
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2013 08:20
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3205

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