Loris Malaguzzi, democratic leader or primus inter pares

Peter Moss, University of London, England

This article uses the life and work of one of the great educationalists of the last century, Loris Malaguzzi from Reggio Emilia, to question the concept of leadership in an education system inscribed with the values of democracy and cooperation. It asks if we should talk of ‘democratic leadership’, or whether some other concept is more appropriate. The article also poses a critical question: why do we speak so much about leadership today?, and wonders if it is related to contradictions in the neoliberal regime that has become so dominant a discourse in our times.


Keywords: Reggio Emilia, education, democracy, leadership


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