Meritocracy

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Meritocracy Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • the belief that rulers should be chosen for their superior abilities and not because of their wealth or birth
  • a form of social system in which power goes to those with superior intellects

Definitions from Wiktionary


  • a form of social system in which power goes to those with superior intellects ,
  • the belief that rulers should be chosen for their superior abilities and not because of their wealth or birth

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Meritocracy Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


A meritocracy is the condition where people who deserve to can go up in rank, as opposed to a system like nepotism. It applies generally to all positions to which people may be appointed. It is often reinforced by laws, such as that women should have equal opportunities to men in employment.

The philosopher Plato thought that a government based on merit was better than democracy. In democracy, there is no guarantee that you will get the best person, the most qualified person, ruling the state. His criticisms were really of Athenian (or direct) democracy, where anyone could be selected to rule.

In a meritocracy, the people are chosen who are thought to be the best. Some have accused it of being elitist, saying that government by the best will mean that only those who have had the right opportunities will have a chance to govern, creating in effect a ruling class.



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