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The New Technocracy$
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Anders Esmark

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529200874

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529200874.001.0001

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The Technocratic Regime: Technocracy, Bureaucracy and Democracy

The Technocratic Regime: Technocracy, Bureaucracy and Democracy

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The New Technocracy

Anders Esmark

Policy Press

Technocracy is discussed as a distinct type of regime and form of statecraft. The chapter clears up the considerable confusion surrounding the relationship between technocracy, bureaucracy and democracy, which provides the foundation for the empirical analysis of the anti-bureaucratic and pro-democratic nature of contemporary technocracy. The relationship of technocracy to political ideology is discussed, leading to the suggestion that technocracy consistently pursues a position ‘beyond ideology’ while also remaining fully capable of working in lockstep with socialism, liberalism and anything in between. Finally, the chapter moves from the regime level and provides an overall model of the constitutive and intersecting policy paradigms of the New Technocracy: connective governance, risk management and performance management.

Keywords:   Political regimes, Bureaucracy, Democracy, Political ideologies, Policy paradigms

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