Does the British Establishment still exist? - RSA

Does the British Establishment still exist?

Public talks


RSA House, London

  • Social mobility

One of the UK’s leading contemporary historians, Peter Hennessy visits the RSA to investigate whether or not there is still such a thing as a British Establishment. If there is, what effect does it have on society today?


Is there still such a thing as the British Establishment?

Peter Hennessy links notions of the British Establishment with Michael Young's classic satire and warning The Rise of the Meritocracy. Has the establishment taken on new forms – and if so, does it still wield meaningful power and influence?

Chair: Andrew Rawnsley, chief political commentator, the Observer.

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