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    Default What's the difference between meritocracy and technocracy?

    I'm interested to know this. As far as I'm concerned, meritocracy is allowing individuals to succeed regardless of background; i.e. equal opportunities, and technocracy is rule of those who are capable and able. Surely in actuality, they amount to the same thing. In a meritocratic state, the government is made up of individuals who have worked to get there. Technocracy is the same. So what's the difference? Because they clearly aren't the same thing.

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    A technocracy would be comprised of the most talented and skilled members of society, but this is arrived at solely through bureaucratic selection methods. It has meritocratic elements but is not a meritocracy.

    A pure meritocracy (if such a thing exists) would be inherantly *fair* and therefore proclude bureaucratic systems, opting perhaps for a democratic solution.

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    Meritocracy isn't a form of government, it's just a principle from where the Technocracy gets it base, like "universal suffrage", "hereditariety" or "plutocracy" for other types of government. So, Technocracy would be a government like Monarchy or Republic, but using Meritocracy rather than other tools for "select the ones in power".

    But, in pratice, Bananatrombone's idea is the basic actual diference: one of them is direct and for small groups; the other one uses a huge bureaucracy machine to select and survive.

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    How is technocracy more bureaucratic than more democratic forms of meritocracy?

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    Technocracy is a form of government based upon meritocracy.

    A much better question to ask is what's the difference between meritocracy and mediocrity. The former very often breeds the latter.

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