Markets, merit and the dignity of labour

Sugden, Robert (2021) Markets, merit and the dignity of labour. International Review of Economics. ISSN 1865-1704 (In Press)

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In The Tyranny of Merit, Sandel recasts the discontent expressed in populism as a rejection of market morality and as an inarticulate plea for the restoration of civic virtue. He argues that a ‘market-based globalisation project’ has fostered meritocratic ideas which humiliate the victims of that project and undermine the dignity of labour. I question Sandel’s claim that meritocracy is a market value and the dignity of labour is not. I argue that his account of a moral alternative to normal market institutions – an economy in which individuals’ rewards are somehow aligned with their true merits – is deeply incoherent.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: merit,meritocracy,dignity of labour,contributive justice,economics, econometrics and finance(all) ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2000
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
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Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2021 00:52
Last Modified: 24 May 2022 14:36

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