The interlocking themes of establishment and meritocracy are a crucial part of the intellectual compost that made hennessys generation of postwar britons the establishment and the concept of a growing and eventually self propelling meritocracy were always at odds and the policies that brought it about dramatically altered british society. Nicholas lezards paperback of the week will talent and hard work get you to the top or does class still rule. And if a meritocracy rose in the years following 1945 has it now stalledwith its penetrating examination of the british school system and postwar trendsestablishment and meritocracyis an important resource for those concerned about the link between education and later success both for individuals and their societies. In this highly personal book hennessy examines the rise of meritocracy as a concept and the persistence of the shadowy notion of an establishment in britains institutions of state he asks like so many of the postwar generation in britain peter hennessy climbed the ladders of opportunity set up by the 1944 education act designed to . Get this from a library establishment and meritocracy peter hennessy like so many of the postwar generation in britain peter hennessy climbed the ladders of opportunity set up by the 1944 education act designed to encourage a more meritocratic society in this highly
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