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American institutions and society.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Introduction : the faces of merit Republic of merit Merit and the culture of public life Small worlds : competition in the colleges Making the grade : managed competition and schooling The scientific measurement of merit The "presumption of merit" : institutionalizing merit Squeeze play : merit in government Merit in crisis Epilogue : merit, equality, consent.