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What’s fair about that?

Adam Swift: Social Mobilities, 23 January 2020

Social Mobility and Its Enemies 
by Lee Elliot Major and Stephen Machin.
Pelican, 272 pp., £8.99, September 2018, 978 0 241 31702 0
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Social Mobility and Education in Britain 
by Erzsébet Bukodi and John Goldthorpe.
Cambridge, 249 pp., £19.99, December 2018, 978 1 108 46821 3
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The Class Ceiling: Why It Pays to Be Privileged 
by Sam Friedman and Daniel Laurison.
Policy, 224 pp., £9.99, January, 978 1 4473 3610 5
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... an individual’s place in the distribution of advantage: two people may currently be earning the same but their ‘social position’ will vary greatly depending on whether or not they are stably employed and have a reasonable expectation of career progression. But Bukodi and Goldthorpe are even more scornful of politicians and media commentators, who simply ...

What Works

Michael Friedman: The embarrassing cousin, 31 March 2005

The American Musical and the Formation of National Identity 
by Raymond Knapp.
Princeton, 361 pp., £22.95, December 2004, 0 691 11864 7
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... early musicals, which attack the form without having any real American content. And as part of the same problem he does not explain whether thematic content is responsible for the success or failure of musicals. He blames the failure of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Utopia Limited on its unpalatable message about English and American imperialism but neglects to ...

Politics and Economics

Christopher Allsopp, 15 November 1984

The Role and Limits of Government: Essay in Political Economy 
by Samuel Brittan.
Temple Smith, 280 pp., £8.95, October 1983, 0 85117 237 7
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... often limping along about two years behind the political roller-coaster. From this point of view, Sam Brittan’s book is greatly to be welcomed. It addresses the chief political/economic issues of our time; and as we would expect of one of our foremost economic journalists, it is international, and it is readable. It poses, one might say, all the right ...

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