This chapter discusses political elitism, understood as the claim that those who know the political truths needed for correct (e.g. just) public policy choice, and they alone, are entitled to a share of political rule. The chapter also discusses a weaker form that allows that all have a right to a share of political rule, but those with greater relevant knowledge have a right to a greater share. It argues against several purported justifications for elitism and that elitism might, under the right conditions, be justified by appeal to a (perhaps limited) moral duty to cooperate with others to promote the fulfillment of justice.
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