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ERIC Number: EJ972023
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0010-4086
Who's for Meritocracy? Individual and Contextual Variations in the Faith
Duru-Bellat, Marie; Tenret, Elise
Comparative Education Review, v56 n2 p223-247 May 2012
This article reports on perceptions of meritocracy and support for education-based meritocracy in 26 countries. Using the International Social Survey Program Social Inequality III (1999) survey, we investigate the impact of education on perceptions and support, at both the individual and the country level. At the individual level, education strengthens support for education-based meritocracy but has less impact on perceptions of meritocracy. National indicators are also associated with perceived and preferred meritocracy. Perceived meritocracy is correlated with the expansion of the education system, while the support for education-based meritocracy is correlated with average returns to education. We also find that perceptions and preferences may be affected by such national characteristics as inequality and the average wealth. (Contains 3 figures, 2 tables, and 19 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Austria; Bulgaria; Canada; Chile; France; Germany; Hungary; Israel; Latvia; New Zealand; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Russia; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; United Kingdom; United States