Vol. 25 No. 1 (2022): Anno XXV, 1-2022
Dossier - Tra Merito e Competenze

Capaci e meritevoli. Il valore democratico del merito

Carla Xodo
University of Padova
Published July 20, 2022
  • Merit,
  • Meritocracy,
  • Democracy,
  • Education
How to Cite
Xodo, C. (2022). Capaci e meritevoli. Il valore democratico del merito . Studi Sulla Formazione/Open Journal of Education, 25(1), 25-43. https://doi.org/10.13128/ssf-13671


In contemporary societies merit, one of the cornerstones of our Constitution, is losing its original moral connotation. The economy of the global market, which now tends to disregard politics, actually supports a kind of meritocratic ideology whose perspective, extensively discussed in these pages, fades over time to obtain the opposite effect. This article highlights the contradictions of meritocracy, without endorsing the incompatibility between democracy and merit that it raises as an opportunity for each and everyone through education.


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