Economics & Sociology

ISSN: 2071-789X eISSN: 2306-3459 DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X
Index PUBMS: f5512f57-a601-11e7-8f0e-080027f4daa0
Article information
Title: How Meritocracy is Defined Today?: Contemporary Aspects of Meritocracy
Issue: Vol. 10, No 1, 2017
Published date: 03-2017 (print) / 03-2017 (online)
Journal: Economics & Sociology
ISSN: 2071-789X, eISSN: 2306-3459
Authors: Chang-Hee Kim
School of Management and Communication Republic Polytechnic

Yong-Beom Choi
Division of Social Welfare Baekseok Arts University
Keywords: meritocracy, equality of opportunity, qualitative meta-synthesis, thematic analysis, Singapore
DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2017/10-1/8
Index PUBMS: f4035e2b-0040-11e8-94c4-fa163e5d4f72
Language: English
Pages: 112-121 (10)
JEL classification: D63, I24

This study aimed to develop a deeper understanding of contemporary aspects of meritocracy based on a qualitative meta-synthesis of the scholarly literature. Eighteen empirical studies of meritocracy in various disciplines were reviewed for this study. Thematic analysis revealed three main higher-order themes with six sub-themes that described the characteristics of meritocracy today. The findings present an overview of the current issues considered by meritocracy studies and provide a foundation for the ongoing debate over the necessary conditions for a better meritocracy.


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