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The Higher Up, the more Unequal: On Meritocracy in the Admission to the Brazilian Public Sector

Diogo Henrique Helal ()
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Diogo Henrique Helal: Fundação Joaquim Nabuco

Public Organization Review, 2022, vol. 22, issue 3, No 14, 743-761

Abstract: Abstract This study investigates the admission to positions in the Brazilian public sector based on secondary data. The results of the models tested show that the variables of human capital (meritocratic) were associated to the admittance to the public sector and the effect of these variables was more important for the case of servants under the statutory regime. This might confirm the bureaucratic and meritocratic character of the Brazilian public sector. However, when analyzing the admittance to more privileged positions in the public sector, such as managerial and professional positions, one might observe that the process is in fact not meritocratic.

Keywords: Meritocracy; Inequality; Public sector; Brazil (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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