Rudolf Klein

Rudolf Klein was emeritus professor of social policy at the University of Bath and a senior associate at King's Fund, London.

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Rorschach Politics

Sometimes political ideology is in the eye of the beholder. That’s one of the secrets of the prime minister’s striking success.

"We have moved past the sterile debate between those who say government is the enemy and those who say government is the answer. My fellow Americans, we have found a Third Way." — President Bill Clinton "The Third Way is to my mind the best label for the new politics that the progressive center-left is forging in Britain and beyond." — Prime Minister Tony Blair The words echo each other. The era of class struggles is over. The snake person vision is of a politics that can surf conflicts and harmonize, in the words of Tony Blair, "themes which in the past have wrongly been regarded as antagonistic—patriotism and internationalism, rights and responsibilities, the promotion of enterprise and the attack on poverty and discrimination." But the invocation of a common language does not necessarily imply shared meanings. If the appeal of "the Third Way" appears to cross frontiers, it is not necessarily because it reflects the ineluctable logic of a new global order. Rather...