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The merits of meritocracy

Adrian Wooldridge explores meritocracy’s role in forging the modern world, and weighs up its challenges and advantages

Adrian Wooldridge explores meritocracy’s role in forging the modern world, and weighs up its challenges and advantages. (Image by Getty Images)

Adrian Wooldridge discusses his new book Aristocracy of Talent, which explores meritocracy’s role in forging the modern world, and weighs up the challenges and advantages of a system in which people are advanced solely on the basis of their talents.

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Adrian Wooldridge is the author of The Aristocracy of Talent: How Meritocracy Made the Modern World (Allen Lane, 2021)