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00148-Why Has the French Socialist Party Shunned the Rhetoric of the Third Way

00148-Why Has the French Socialist Party Shunned the Rhetoric of the Third Way



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Why Has the French Socialist PartyShunned the Rhetoric of the Third Way?
An Explanatory Model Extended toBritain, Germany, and Italy
David LeifertThe Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania
A THESISPresented to the Faculties of the University of Pennsylvania in PartialFulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of ArtsApril 2006Thesis Supervisor: Dr. Julia Lynch
 Reginald Jones Thesis Prize Nominee
Table of Contents
1. European Social Democracy and the French Exception: Introductory Analysis 41.1. The Evolution of European Social Democracy 41.2. The French Exception 51.3. Introduction of the Empirical Question: Why the French Exception? 62. The Third Way Analysis of a Political Phenomenon 82.1. Reactions to the Emergence of the Third Way 82.2. Description of the Third Way The Schröder/Blair Manifesto 92.3. Critics of the Third Way and Alternative Interpretations 113. Explanatory Model for Socialist Party Adoption of the Third Way 143.1. Explanatory 5-Factor Model 143.2. Categorization of Policy Factors 163.3. Categorization of Political Factors 204. Application to the French Case A Missed Opportunity for Change 244.1. Assessment of the French “Goodness of Fit” 254.2. Assessment of the French “Mediating Factors” 295. Application to the British Case: Blair’s New Labour 335.1. Assessment of the British “Goodness of Fit” 345.2. Assessment of the British “Mediating Factors” 386. Application to the German Case Schröder’s Neue Mitte 416.1. Assessment of the German “Goodness of Fit” 416.2. Assessment of the German “Mediating Factors” 447. Application to the Italian Case D’Alema’s Progressive Initiatives 477.1. Assessment of the Italian “Goodness of Fit” 477.2. Assessment of the Italian “Mediating Factors” 518. Conclusion 54 Bibliography

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