Meritocracy

Discipline: Political Science

Mixture of social prediction and description of English sociologist and writer MICHAEL YOUNG (1915-2002).

Social power, and particularly economic power, will in the future be held by those selected on the basis of measurable merit. In a society nominally egalitarian, these meritocrats will enjoy higher standards of living than their fellows by the manipulations of 'perks'.

Also see: aristocracy

Source:
Michael Young, The Rise of the Meritocracy (London, 1958)

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