Giddens and Politics beyond the Third Way

Utopian Realism in the Late Modern Age

  • Peter Kolarz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: Anthony Giddens — Social Theory and Politics

  3. Utopian Realism: A Political Reading of the Early Giddens

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
  4. The Contours of a Giddensian Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Peter Kolarz
      Pages 90-116
  5. The Third Way and Beyond: Critique and Reconstruction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 173-218

About this book


Assessing the political dimensions of Anthony Giddens' work from the 1970s to the present, this book highlights new directions for politics distinct from his Third Way. Kolarz provides an assessment of Giddens' political relevance and utility for present-day political endeavours, reflecting on the approach to critical social theory found in his early work, notably his theory of structuration and critique of historical materialism, and his consequent utopian realist analysis of late modernity. Giddens and Politics beyond the Third Way extracts from his work a rationale for global redistributive action, as well as an integrative approach to policymaking, suggesting that coherence of centre-left emancipatory politics requires coordination of policy areas previously thought of as separate.


Giddens Globalization Politics Social Democracy Centre-left utopian realism Policy transforming capitalism Anthony Giddens capitalism democracy globalization policymaking politics realism social theory transformation utopia work

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Kolarz
    • 1
  1. 1.Technopolis GroupUniversity of SussexUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-70692-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-52473-7
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