The Rise and Rise of Meritocracy (Political Quarterly Monograph Series)
By: Geoff Dench (editor)Paperback
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Fifty years after the term "meritocracy" was coined, this book asks where the idea of meritocracy has led. * A team of commentators consider diverse topics such as family and meritocracy, meritocracy and ethnic minorities, and what is meant by talent * Contains commentaries by a selection of researchers, activists and politicians, from Asa Briggs to David Willetts, on the origin, meaning and future of meritocracy * Demonstrates that Michael Young, who wrote The Rise of the Meritocracy, was right to question the viability of political systems trying to organise themselves around the idea of meritocracy * Essential reading for everyone interested in where we are going, and the future of New Labour itself
Geoff Dench is a senior research fellow of the Young Foundation, and was formerly head of sociology and social policy at Middlesex University. He has written a number of books on ethnic relations and on family relationships, and edited several collections.
Acknowledgements. Notes on Contributors. Introduction: Reviewing Meritocracy: Geoff Dench. Part I: Origin and reception. The Labour Party as crucible: Asa Briggs. Meritocracy in the civil service, 1853-1970: Jon Davis. A tract for the times: Paul Barker. We sat down at the table of privilege and complained about the food: Hilary Land. The chequered career of a cryptic concept: Claire Donovan. Looking back on Meritocracy: Michael Young. Part II: Relevance to modern Britain. A brief profile of the new British establishment: Jim Ogg. Face, race and place: Merit and ethnic minorities: Michelynn Lafleche. Marginalised young men: Yvonne Roberts. The unmaking of the English working class: Ferdinand Mount. Age and inequality: Eric Midwinter. Ship of state in peril: Peregrine Worsthorne. Part III: Analytic value. The moral economy of meritocracy: Irving Louis Horowitz. Japan at the meritocracy frontier: From here, where?: Takehiko Kariya and Ronald Dore. Just rewards: Meritocracy fifty years later: Peter Marris. What do we mean by talent?: Richard Sennett. Resolving the conflict between family and meritocracy: Belinda Brown. Meritocracy and popular legitimacy: Peter Saunders. Part IV: The future. The new assets agenda: Andrew Gamble and Rajiv Prabhakar. New Labour and the withering away of the working class?: Jon Cruddas. A delay on the road to meritocracy: Peter Wilby. Putting social contribution back into merit: Geoff Dench. Ladder of opportunity or engine of inequality?: Ruth Lister. The future of meritocracy: David Willetts. Chapter notes. Bibliography. Notes on Contributors. Index.
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