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Meritocracy
Meritocracy

Meritocracy was the neologism coined by Michael Young as the key concept of what he saw as a new kind of society shaping itself in 1950. This concept identifies a social group rising to power strictly (or so it believes) on account of its own intrinsic merits, whether merits of intelligence, ability, charm, talent, specialised experience, or just the gift of getting on with other people and, as they say, ‘making things happen’. The main point about the meritocrat is that his or her success ratifies the principle of equality of opportunity because in no way depending upon prior and unearned privileges of birth, inheritance, education or social class. The power and position of a meritocrat is, he or she believes, consequent only upon ...

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