The "Third Way". Positive Welfare, the Schröder-Blair-Paper and Criticism of the Concept


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Inhaltsverzeichnis

1. Positive Welfare (Anthony Giddens)

2. TheSchröder-Blair-Paper

3. Criticism (Barkan, Butterwegge)

4. Discussion

References

1. Positive Welfare Anthony Giddens

- advisor of Tony Blair
- author of „The Third Way"

Positive Welfare

- the state must provide a basic income
- state supports self-responsibility
- increasing benefits can cause moral hazard changed social habits

Asocial investment state instead of welfare state

2. The Schröder-Blair-Paper

Introduction

- modernization of Social Democrats led to political success
- market economy but not a market society

Learning from Experience

- social justice * equality of outcome
- helping people to help themselves is more important than public spending
-> the weaknesses of markets have been overstated and their strengths underestimated

The Schröder-Blair-Paper

New Programs for Changed Realities

- useless of left-right thinking
- ideology = preconceptions which prevent pragmatic solutions
- investments in human capital
- jobs are limited in time -> more flexibility necessary
- cutbacks and reformations in the public sector
- end of the conflict between capital and labour

A New Supply-Side Agenda for the Left

- creation of jobs -> guarantee of a cohesive society -

liberalization of world trade

- taxcuts for companies
- welfare-to-work programs
- reduction of non-wage labour costs
- flexibilisation of products, capital and labour markets
- lifelong education
- support of medium-sized enterprises

An Active Labour Market Policy for the Left

- transformation of the safety net of entitlements into a springboard to personal responsibility
- modernization of the health care and pension system - qualifications for the unemployed
- part-time and low-paid work
- establishment of a low-wage sector

3. Criticism (Barkan, Butterwegge)

- left-right-thinking makes sense
- (some) equality of outcome is implied by social justice
- lots of empty phrases / missing characterizations
- jobs might be limited
- no words about people'yights
- compulsion to work
- not clear how the conception will be financed
- destroys the solidarity between the working and the unemployed
- some members of society aren'table to help themselves
- unequal treatment of capital and labour

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Title
The "Third Way". Positive Welfare, the Schröder-Blair-Paper and Criticism of the Concept
College
University of Marburg  (Institut für Politikwissenschaft)
Course
Welfare State Research: An Introduction
Grade
ohne Bewertung
Year
2011
Pages
11
Catalog Number
V315182
ISBN (eBook)
9783668142022
ISBN (Book)
9783668142039
File size
490 KB
Language
English
Tags
third way, tony blair, social democracy, barkan, butterwegge, criticism, schröder
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Anonymous, 2011, The "Third Way". Positive Welfare, the Schröder-Blair-Paper and Criticism of the Concept, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/315182

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