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Achievement Inequality and the Institutional Structure of Educational Systems: A Comparative Perspective
We review the comparative literature on the impact of national-level educational institutions on inequality in student achievement. We focus on two types of institutions that characterize theExpand
The Unfulfillable Promise of Meritocracy: Three Lessons and Their Implications for Justice in Education
This paper draws on a literature in sociology, psychology and economics that has extensively documented the unfulfilled promise of meritocracy in education. I argue that the lesson learned from thisExpand
Stratified Failure
Country rankings based on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) invite politicians and specialists to speculate about the reasons their countries did well or failed to do well.Expand
Neoliberalism and Symbolic Boundaries in Europe
Studies suggest that the rise of neoliberalism accompanies a foregrounding of individual responsibility and a weakening of community. The authors provide a theoretical agenda for studying theExpand
The Paradox of Inequality: Income Inequality and Belief in Meritocracy go Hand in Hand
  • J. Mijs
  • Economics, Political Science
  • 23 January 2019
Inequality is on the rise: gains have been concentrated with a small elite, while most have seen their fortunes stagnate or fall. Despite what scholars and journalists consider a worrying trend,Expand
Visualizing Belief in Meritocracy, 1930–2010:
In this figure I describe the long trend in popular belief in meritocracy across the Western world between 1930 and 2010. Studying trends in attitudes is limited by the paucity of survey data thatExpand
Inequality Is a Problem of Inference: How People Solve the Social Puzzle of Unequal Outcomes
A new wave of scholarship recognizes the importance of people’s understanding of inequality that underlies their political convictions, civic values, and policy views. Much less is known, however,Expand
The Missing Organizational Dimension of Prisoner Reentry: An Ethnography of the Road to Reentry at a Nonprofit Service Provider
Prisoner reentry has received great interest in political sociology, criminology, and beyond. Research documents the struggles of individuals trying to find their way back into society. LessExpand
Do changes in material circumstances drive support for populist radical parties? Panel data evidence from The Netherlands during the Great Recession, 2007–2015
Political developments since the 2008 financial crisis have sparked renewed interest in the electoral implications of economic downturns. Research describes a correlation between adverse economicExpand
The Great British sorting machine: adolescents’ future in the balance of family, school and the neighborhood
Research calls attention to the divergent school and labor market trajectories of Europe’s youth while, across the Atlantic, researchers describe the long-lasting consequences of poverty onExpand
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