Publication Date

April 2010

Advisor(s)

Stephen Angle

Major

College of Social Studies

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

Meritocracy is a highly individualistic and competitive organization of society, in some ways more in line with capitalism than it is with a Confucian society of harmonious relationships. Yet, meritocracy together with Confucianism has sustained East Asian societies from imperial times to the present. I argue that losing the Confucian element would lose meritocracy its viability today. With the challenges of globalization, multiculturalism, and liberalism, there is a need to rethink Confucianism and imperial principles in contemporary meritocracies, if these societies want to continue to sustain economic growth and social stability.

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