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The Fair Society series: understanding inequality, meritocracy and mobility

The Policy Institute has partnered with the newly established Fairness Foundation to explore issues of fairness, inequality and meritocracy with some of the world's leading thinkers. In a series of online events, they'll discuss their ideas and work with other leading experts and look at how we can move closer to a world in which everyone has equal chances in life.


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Michael Sandel on The Tyranny of Merit: What's Become of the Common Good?

What accounts for our polarised public life, and how can we begin to heal it? Political philosopher Michael Sandel offers a surprising answer: those who have flourished need to look in the mirror. Sandel and our panel discuss why we need to reconsider the meaning of success and recognise the role of luck in order to create a less rancorous, more generous civic life.

Sir Michael Marmot on The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World

Dramatic differences in health are not a simple matter of rich and poor – poverty alone doesn't drive ill health, but inequality does. Marmot and our panel explain why it’s more urgent than ever that we tackle inequalities in order to improve health, why more progress has not been made in the last decade, and how we can rectify this failure in the era of levelling up.

Selina Todd on Snakes and Ladders: The Great British Social Mobility Myth

Travelling up or down the social ladder has been a British obsession for over a century, but can political leaders continue to claim that social mobility is a real and just reward for hard work? Professor Selina Todd and our panel discuss class and social mobility in modern Britain and how we can create greater opportunities for all.

Minouche Shafik on What We Owe Each Other: A New Social Contract

In What We Owe Each Other: A New Social Contract, economist and Director of the LSE, Minouche Shafik, examines societies across the world and demonstrates that the urgent challenges of technology, demography and climate require a major shift in priorities – a social contract fit for the 21st century.