Meritocracy and Elitism in a Global City: Ideological Shifts in Singapore

  title={Meritocracy and Elitism in a Global City: Ideological Shifts in Singapore},
  author={Kenneth Tan},
  journal={International Political Science Review},
  pages={27 - 7}
  • K. Tan
  • Published 1 January 2008
  • Political Science
  • International Political Science Review
The concept of meritocracy is unstable as its constituent ideas are potentially contradictory. The egalitarian aspects of meritocracy, for example, can come into conflict with its focus on talent allocation, competition, and reward. In practice, meritocracy is often transformed into an ideology of inequality and elitism. In Singapore, meritocracy has been the main ideological resource for justifying authoritarian government and its pro-capitalist orientations. Through competitive scholarships… 
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