Mau-mauing the Meritocracy
Not being the sort of person who is tuned into such matters, I suppose that the first I heard about meritocracy being controversial was Dr. (DPhil, Oxford) Connolley's review of Michael Sandel's The Tyranny of Merit. I tend to view his evaluations with skepticism, especially when he cites Hayek, but at least he is more entertaining than his guru. He didn't like the book, and really, it is hard to dislike merit, though maybe not so much if it is purely priced in market value.
I didn't think much about the subject until I noticed The Atlantic running a bunch of stories on the subject. One of them was by Daniel Markovits, a Yale Law professor, who, among other things seems to have picked up a couple of degrees from Oxford, and is author of The Meritocracy Trap which anticipated Sandel by a year or two. I haven't read his book either, but I did read his article in The Atlantic: