The Third Way and Public Reforms of the Blair Period in the United Kingdom

ATEŞ H. , Demirel D.

AMME IDARESI DERGISI, vol.47, no.3, pp.1-18, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 47 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Title of Journal : AMME IDARESI DERGISI
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-18


This article explores the relationship between the third way philosophy, which was the dominant political perspective in the United Kingdom in the last two decades, and public administration reforms led by New Labor Party under Tony Blair's leadership. This article claims that the third way philosophy has been a political and socioeconomic approach, which differs from both the traditional left and the new right approaches in a number of dimensions. The article further argues that there is a clear connection between public administration reforms under New Labor governments and Labor Party's new ideological position. The article investigates the marketization-focused reforms, central and local level reforms and the transparency reforms which were carried out during the course of New Labor Party governments which all were designed and implemented through the eyes of partnerships and participation perspectives and explains the relationship between these reforms and the third way philosophy.