Meritocracy Week

It’s Meritocracy Week on Engelsberg Ideas. Leading writers explore the global history of merit in culture and politics. Do meritocracies deliver on their promise? Is meritocracy working? Can the concept be fixed?

Podcast episodes

Nineteenth century typesetter and printers working with Stanhope cast iron printing press in print shop. Credit: Arterra Picture Library / Alamy Stock Photo
Carving Up The World A satrirical cartoon by James Gillray, showing British Prime Minister William Pitt and the French leader Napoleon Bonaparte, carving up the world between them. Entitled 'The Plumb Pudding in Danger' - pub. 26th February 1805
Jesus Christ on the Cross with St. Mary and St John, painted by Albrecht Altdorfer, circa 1512.
Electricity pylon. Credit: David Leadbitter / Alamy Stock Photo
Mock-up of the air defense system around Moscow, in the Patriot Park In Moscow Region, Russia