Posts Categorised: Research

#3 What lies beyond the meritocracy? By David Goodhart

The final piece in our three-part series of guest blogs exploring what lies beyond the meritocracy? David Goodhart, journalist and author: Meritocracy is the worst system in the world for distributing status, responsibility and rewards, apart from all the others, to paraphrase Churchill on democracy. If one’s main priority is the efficient running of society,… → Read More

#2 What lies beyond the meritocracy? By Philip Collins

This is the second in our series of blogs exploring what lies beyond the meritocracy?  Philip Collins, columnist, The Times: The site of the most dramatic action of Michael Young’s The Rise of the Meritocracy is a clue to something that lies beyond the idea. The narrative concludes in a civil war when the downtrodden, who have been… → Read More

#1 What lies beyond the meritocracy? By Yvonne Roberts

To mark the 60 years since Michael Young’s seminal work ‘The Rise of the Meritocracy’ was published, we invited some writers and commentators to answer the question: What lies beyond the meritocracy? Yvonne Roberts, journalist, The Observer: It is the 60th anniversary of The Rise of the Meritocracy 1870-2033. Michael Young, Lord Young of Dartington, social… → Read More


Myths for an age of political polarisation

Want to change the world? Then what you need most isn’t facts; it’s a really great story. So I argued in a book called The Myth Gap (summary here), which came out last year in the wake of the Brexit referendum and the US election. Donald Trump and Nigel Farage had hardly triumphed thanks to… → Read More

Reimagining Rent-Demo Day approaches

For the past six months we have been running Reimagining Rent, our unique housing accelerator programme in partnership with the Nationwide Foundation. The initiative supports a range of ambitious ventures focused on tackling inequality in the private rental sector, and our Demo Day on 25 April where we showcase our ventures is fast approaching With the housing crisis taking centre… → Read More