chapter  2
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Education and jobs –the 'tightening bond' examined

The belief that there is a 'tightening bond' between education and jobs lies at the heart of the 'liberal' and 'meritocratic' models described in the first chapter, and has been the chief inspiration of the reforms of the post-war era. Simply, this belief is stated in the form of a proposition that as societies become more complex the old class divisions break down and merit, rather than birth, becomes the criterion of success. There will be, in other words, a tighter relationship observed between credentials and inequalities in pay, status and power. This thinking lay also behind the 'human capital' school of economic thought and has emerged in even newer form in the 'post-industrial' model of modern society.