Reviews

  • The Meritocracy Trap defines a central issue for our age

    Camilla Cavendish, Sunday Times
  • The Meritocracy Trap is an entertaining read, full of useful facts, and contains some penetrating insights into the shortcomings of what amounts to a secular religion, not just in America but across the West.

    Toby Young, Spectator
  • Daniel Markovits has written a bold, brave critique of the meritocracy-backed version of inequality that prevails today. He argues persuasively that meritocracy is destructive and demoralizing for winners and losers alike. Challenging conventional wisdom, Markovits shows that technological change is not a fact of nature that happens to increase the value of highly credentialed workers; instead, the prevalence of credentialed elites calls forth technologies that bias the labour market in their favour and hollow out the middle class. This is a splendid book that should prompt soul-searching among meritocrats.

    Michael Sandel
  • At once wide-ranging and rigorous, subtle and penetrating, Markovits's book is revelatory both in its particulars and in its big picture. Anyone who wants to argue about the merits of meritocracy must take account of this book.

    Kwame Anthony Appiah
  • an imaginative new book that will prompt endless debate in the faculty lounge, the country-club tap room, and the family dinner table. ... He melds the economic royalist critique with an insightful new analysis

    David M. Shribman, The Boston Globe
  • Brimstone rains down from every sentence.

    Louis Menand, New Yorker
  • Daniel Markovits delivers a fierce indictment ... perfectly pitched to the contemporary political moment

    Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times