Meritocracy and the Singapore Political System

  title={Meritocracy and the Singapore Political System},
  author={Thomas J. Bellows},
  journal={Asian Journal of Political Science},
  pages={24 - 44}
  • Thomas J. Bellows
  • Published 1 April 2009
  • Political Science
  • Asian Journal of Political Science
Abstract A meritocracy presumes those with innate and demonstrated talent will be an elite. The implementation of meritocracy remains a guiding principle of the People's Action Party's (PAP) non-communist leaders who have governed Singapore since 1959. This article focuses on meritocracy, elected public officials and the PAP's recruiting to government a cohort from among Singapore's best and brightest. The success of the PAP, the world's longest-governing elected political party, is based on… 
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