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The New Technocracy

By Anders Esmark

Published

8 Apr 2020

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529200881

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

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Bristol University Press
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Published

8 Apr 2020

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529200874

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
£75.00 £37.50You save £37.50 (50%) Pre-order

Published

8 Apr 2020

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529200911

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
£24.99 £12.49You save £12.50 (50%)
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    The rise of populist parties and movements across the Western hemisphere and their contempt for ‘experts’ has shocked the establishment. This book examines how the ‘post-industrial’ technocratic regime of the 1980’s – of managerialism, depoliticisation and the politics of expertise – sowed the seeds for the backlash against the political elites that is visible today.

    Populism, Esmark argues, is a sign that the technocratic bluff has finally been called and that technocracy posing as democracy will only serve to exasperate existing problems. This book sets a new benchmark for studies of technocracy, showing that a solution to the challenge of populism will depend as much on a technocratic retreat as democratic innovation.

    “This book is the perfect place to start trying to understand the significance of technocracy in the contemporary era.” Chris Bickerton, University of Cambridge

    “Makes an original contribution by arguing that populism’s rise can be explained by a widening gap between the ideas of a ‘new’ technocracy on the one hand and the lived experiences of everyday citizens on the other.” Paul Fawcett, University of Melbourne

    Anders Esmark is Associate Professor in Public Organisation and Policy in the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen.

    Rediscovering Technocracy

    Technocratic Revolutions. From Industrial to Post-industrial Technocracy

    Who are the Technocrats? From the Technostructure to Technocratic Government

    The Technocratic Regime. Technocracy vs. Bureaucracy vs. Democracy

    Technocratic Organization. The Power of Networks

    Technocratic Regulation: Coping with Risk and Uncertainty

    Technocratic Calculation. Economy, Evidence and Experiments

    New Populism vs. New Technocracy

    Reining Technocracy Back In?

    Conclusion : Technocracy at the End of the World