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Mon Nov 26, 2018, 11:58 PM

42. "Third Way" was used more by Tony Blair, while Clinton talked about "New Democrats"

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2003/feb/10/labour.uk1


In September 1998, Mr Clinton and Mr Blair held a conference in New York to officially launch their new ideology. Both said they rejected the neo-liberal belief that everything can be left to the market, but also saw the traditional left-of-centre faith in state intervention in the economy as outdated.

In April 1999 it appeared as if Bill Clinton's New Democrats and Europe's social democrats were on the way towards a new era of productive cooperation. A round-table discussion in Washington - entitled The Third Way: Progressive Governance for the 21st Century - included the US president (Clinton), the British prime minister (Blair), the German chancellor, Gerhard Schröder; the Dutch prime minister, Wim Kok; and Italian prime minister, Massimo D'Alema.

The following June, Mr Blair succeeded in launching a joint document: Third Way - Die Neue Mitte - with Gerhard Schröder. They both agreed that they had managed to reconcile continental social democracy and that their new ideology should guarantee power for Europe's centre-left for years to come.

Three years on, however, the outlook for the third way looks bleak. A Republican is in the White House and Mr Schröder has turned away from his earlier fascination with the Clinton-Blair outlook towards a more traditional leftwing stance.


So there's Bill associating himself with "The Third Way". How progressive it was, especially when you look at Clinton's welfare reform, is open to debate.

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