The history of the term ―meritocracy‖ is intriguing: it was coined, in the late fifties of the last century, by a polymath social democratic politician, Michael Young, in his prophetic novel The Rise of the Meritocracy. The book was conceived as a satirical critique of animprobable and unfair future society, and the term was used in a negative sense. Sixty years after, things are completely changed the term ―meritocracy‖ took on a positive connotation. The myth of meritocracy coupled with that of the market – the market selects the best and the best are those selected by the market – spread quite uncritically all over the world. In this paper I critically discus this modern myth and analyze the political and economic consequences of adopting it as the main guideline in economic and social policy.

Bosco, L. (2019). Football, Cartoon and the Myth of Meritocracy. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCE, 9(4), 69-77 [10.30845/ijhss.v9n4p9].

Football, Cartoon and the Myth of Meritocracy

Luigi Bosco
2019-01-01

Abstract

The history of the term ―meritocracy‖ is intriguing: it was coined, in the late fifties of the last century, by a polymath social democratic politician, Michael Young, in his prophetic novel The Rise of the Meritocracy. The book was conceived as a satirical critique of animprobable and unfair future society, and the term was used in a negative sense. Sixty years after, things are completely changed the term ―meritocracy‖ took on a positive connotation. The myth of meritocracy coupled with that of the market – the market selects the best and the best are those selected by the market – spread quite uncritically all over the world. In this paper I critically discus this modern myth and analyze the political and economic consequences of adopting it as the main guideline in economic and social policy.
Bosco, L. (2019). Football, Cartoon and the Myth of Meritocracy. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCE, 9(4), 69-77 [10.30845/ijhss.v9n4p9].
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