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The Rise of the Meritocracy : Classics in Organization and Management Series - Michael Young

The Rise of the Meritocracy

Classics in Organization and Management Series

Paperback Published: 31st January 1994
ISBN: 9781560007043
Number Of Pages: 198

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Michael Young has christened the oligarchy of the future "Meritocracy." Indeed, the word is now part of the English language. It would appear that the formula: IQ+Effort=Merit may well constitute the basic belief of the ruling class in the twenty-first century. Projecting himself into the year 2034, the author of this sociological satire shows how present decisions and practices may remold our society.

It is widespread knowledge that it is insufficient to be somebody's nephew to obtain a responsible post in business, government, teaching, or science. Experts in education and selection apply scientific principles to sift out the leaders of tomorrow. You need intelligence rating, qualification, experience, application, and a certain caliber to achieve status. In a word, one must show merit to advance in the new society of tomorrow.

In a new opening essay, Young reflects on the reception of his work, and its production, in a candid and lively way. Many of the critical ambiguities surrounding its original publication are now clarified and resolved. What we have is what the Guardian of London called "A brilliant essay." and what Time and Tide described as "a fountain gush of new ideas. Its wit and style make it compulsively enjoyable reading from cover to cover."

"Has the thrill of immediate relevance. . .its thinking is consistently rich and fascinating. Young is onto a big theme, involving fundamental questions about social organization and individual dignity. What drives the book is Young's having identified one of the fundamental paradoxes of what we would call liberalism and the British would call socialism: the liberal dream of equal opportunity." --Nicholas Lemann, The Atlantic Monthly

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-Has the thrill of immediate relevance. . . its thinking is consistently rich and fascinating. Young is onto a big theme, involving fundamental questions about social organization and individual dignity. What drives the book is Young's having identified one of the fundamental paradoxes of what we would call liberalism and the British would call socialism: the liberal dream of equal opportunity.-

--Nicholas Lemann, The Atlantic Monthly "Has the thrill of immediate relevance. . . its thinking is consistently rich and fascinating. Young is onto a big theme, involving fundamental questions about social organization and individual dignity. What drives the book is Young's having identified one of the fundamental paradoxes of what we would call liberalism and the British would call socialism: the liberal dream of equal opportunity."

--Nicholas Lemann, The Atlantic Monthly "Has the thrill of immediate relevance. . . its thinking is consistently rich and fascinating. Young is onto a big theme, involving fundamental questions about social organization and individual dignity. What drives the book is Young's having identified one of the fundamental paradoxes of what we would call liberalism and the British would call socialism: the liberal dream of equal opportunity."

--Nicholas Lemann, The Atlantic Monthly

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Introduction
Rise of the Elite
Clash of Social Forces
Threat of Comprehensive Schools
Origins of Modern Education
From Seniority to Merit
Decline of the Lower Classes
Status of the Worker
Fall of the Labour Movement
Rich and Poor
Crisis
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ISBN: 9781560007043
ISBN-10: 1560007044
Series: Classics in Organization and Management Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 198
Published: 31st January 1994
Publisher: TRANSACTION PUBL
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition

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