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elitism

a belief that certain groups or individuals deserve favoured treatment or practice which is aligned with such a belief. In education it is associated with the special treatment or higher status afforded to those deemed to be highly intelligent or academically successful. It is also associated with schools or institutions who draw or select entrants from a narrow social base usually reflecting high social status. The term is also used in policy analysis for an approach which restricts power over policy decisions to a small group. It is thus contrasted with pluralistapproaches.