Following discussion of Anthony Giddens The Third Way: The Renewal of Social Democracy (1998) and The Third Way and Its Critics (2000), we decided to follow the logic of Giddens' investigation as a means to a constructive and critical response. Giddens identifies several global social developments as catalysts for a political shift "beyond Left and Right" to the politics of the Third Way. This was broken down (in true Giddens fashion!) into three components, running from the general to the specific:
1. general social processes
2. questions of ethical politics
3. relevant policies
We identified the major questions that Giddens' work poses and created a division of labour to investigate these major questions in more detail, resolving to meet again on Sunday 3 June at 2pm in Blackwood, at the Tearooms where we met today. When we meet once again, each of us will have prepared a one to two page summary of the area in question, analysing what Giddens says, what the sources he indicates argue (and any alternative resources), and an outline of a constructive critical response to this question.
The major questions (and division of labour) are as follows.
Begin on Sunday 3 June 2001.