of the apparent ‘Third Way’ discourse adopted by Schröder, this has subsequently been put at a distance, not least because it was contested by organised
labour, a group that have effectively been ‘integrated’ into the restructuring
process (Ryner and Schulten, 2002: 1). ‘Schröder is no Tony Blair, no third
way-ist, and he almost certainly regrets bringing out with Blair the policy
document on Social Democrat party modernisation’ (Marsh, 2000: 75).
Not only has the Germanpolitical programme sought to distance itself
from UK-US-style hyperflexibility, but it has