Political meritocracy and its betrayal

  title={Political meritocracy and its betrayal},
  author={Franz Mang},
  journal={Philosophy \& Social Criticism},
  pages={1113 - 1126}
  • F. Mang
  • Published 19 August 2020
  • Political Science, Sociology
  • Philosophy & Social Criticism
Some Confucian scholars have recently claimed that Confucian political meritocracy is superior to Western democracy. I have great reservations about such a view. In this article, I argue that so long as political meritocracy – be it Confucian or non-Confucian – does not commit itself to the ideal of democracy, it has the dangerous tendency to become politically oppressive in the hands of authoritarian rulers. To illustrate the problem, I first revisit Isiah Berlin’s classical discussion of the… 
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