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The Prospect Podcast #111: Meritocracy and the social mobility trap, with Daniel Markovits

Is it a rewards-based social system that works, or a sinister trap?

By Prospect Team  

Sure it’s a good idea in theory, but does meritocracy really work in practice? Yale law school professor Daniel Markovits joins the Prospect podcast and tells us why he’s sceptical. Far from seeing a world where people can get ahead regardless of one’s social background, Markovits instead argues that meritocracy has also emerged alongside a greater concentration of wealth and privilege, more so than ever.

Plus: Steve Bloomfield and Tom Clark on Eton

You can read Tom Clark on the social mobility trap here.

       

Find all episodes of the Prospect podcast here

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