The ’political ideas’ sections of the AQA and Edexcel specifications require knowledge and understanding of the differing views and tensions within socialism.
The terms social democracy and the third way are often used interchangeably. This is in some ways understandable, since they are both strands of socialism that could be described as revisionist, in that they do not seek to replace capitalism. However, in other ways, social democracy and the third way can certainly be distinguished from one another, with significant differences existing between their positions on human nature, the role of the state, society and the economy.
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