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  • The Meritocracy Trap defines a central issue for our age

    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.

    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
  • 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

    The Boston Globe
  • Brimstone rains down from every sentence.

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

    New York Times

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