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Equality/Giddens: At its core, Giddens' argument aims at a substantial increase in the meaning of individual self-responsibility, which critics often regarded (and blamed) as the main part of the neoliberal heritage in the "third way": "But we should abandon the often obsessive fixation on inequality in the past and consider exactly what equality consists of. Equality must contribute to diversity instead of hindering it". (1)
In truth, it is Giddens' concretisation of equality as inclusion in the sense of comprehensive opportunities for all to participate in working life and in society as a whole to do a realistic version of the concept of equality that is compatible with social change, changed attitudes in the social centre (individualisation) and a modern synthesis of social and economic policy. The social democratic fundamental value of equality is not abandoned by Giddens according to his own self-understanding, but merely differentiated and concretized in the concept of inclusion.


1. Anthony Giddens, Der dritte Weg. Die Erneuerung der sozialen Demokratie, Frankfurt/M. 1999, p. 118

Thomas Meyer, „Anthony Giddens, Der dritte Weg“ in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018


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Giddens, Anthony
Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018


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