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The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - BOOKSHELF - By Richard Carr

March Of The Mod­er­ates: Bill Clin­ton, Tony Blair, and the Re­birth of Pro­gres­sive Pol­i­tics

★★★★★

The po­lar­i­sa­tion of the main po­lit­i­cal par­ties is a transat­lantic lament to­day. Here, aca­demic Richard Carr traces how New Labour and the US Demo­cratic Party found their way out of such po­lit­i­cal wilder­nesses in the 1980s. His “top-down” ac­count fo­cuses on in­di­vid­u­als and their in­tel­lec­tual de­vel­op­ment: only politi­cos will fol­low every name-drop but the nar­ra­tive re­mains read­able. Carr aims to dis­til the ben­e­fits of ‘Third Way’ pol­i­tics, awk­wardly shrink­ing the fi­nan­cial crash and Iraq into wider con­text.

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