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