Meritocracy in the political and economic spheres

Benjamin Alan Sachs-Cobbe*, Alexander X. Douglas

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The idea that our economic institutions should be designed meritocratically is back as a hot topic in western academic circles. At the same time political meritocracy is once again a subject of philosophical discussion, with some Western philosophers embracing epistocracy and Confucianism being revived among Eastern philosophers. This survey has the ambition, first, of putting differing strands of this literature into dialogue with each other: the economic with the political, and the Western with the Eastern. Second, we seek here to impose order on the debates over meritocracy by carefully separating out the four steps that must be traversed on the journey to a meritocratic conclusion. Third we want to promote a more productive debate moving forward by cleanly pulling apart three kinds of purported merit base.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12955
Number of pages15
JournalPhilosophy Compass
Issue number1
Early online date22 Dec 2023
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2024


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