The Handbook of Globalisation, Third Edition
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The Handbook of Globalisation, Third Edition

Edited by Jonathan Michie

The past 30 years are often depicted as an era of globalisation, and even more so with the recent rise of global giants such as Google and Amazon. This updated and revised edition of The Handbook of Globalisation offers novel insights into the rapid changes our world is facing, and how best we can handle them.
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Chapter 20: The political economy of the third way: the relationship between globalisation and national economic policy

Simon Lee


This chapter explores the relationship between globalisation and national economic policy through a case study of the political economy of the third way implemented by the New Labour administrations between May 1997 and May 2010. The third way was based upon the central conceit that domestic modernisation could be reconciled with the constraints imposed upon it by globalisation, and indeed that globalisation could be harnessed for domestic political and economic purposes. The chapter concludes that the third way failed in its project of reconciliation, and the onset of the 2007–08 financial crisis demonstrated the limitations of a ‘risk-based’ approach to the governance of financial markets.

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