The Crisis of the Meritocracy
You can hear Peter Mandler talking about this book in a ten-minute talk hosted by the British Academy,
Mandler, Peter. The Crisis of the Meritocracy : Britain's Transition to Mass Education since the Second World War. Oxford University Press, 2020.
Higher Education Policy Institute
'This book is...like a well-prepared restaurant meal with each tasty ingredient carefully balanced by the others...In many respects, this is the book we have been waiting for and we should read Mandler’s conclusions not as some dusty historical reflections but as a lesson on the stresses and strains that we are likely to face on the hopefully continuing – but not inevitable – journey of educational progress. We could not have a better guide.'
Los Angeles Review of Books
‘Truly impressive…a tour de force of revisionist insight – slaying assumptions and myths of both the political left and right by keeping its focus fixed on the wishes and actions of young people and their parents…Mandler’s significant, original, and thought-provoking findings will help us think more clearly about education today, not only in Britain, but also in the United States and elsewhere.’