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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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Technocratic Regulation: Coping With Risk and Uncertainty

Technocratic Regulation: Coping With Risk and Uncertainty

(p.141) 6 Technocratic Regulation: Coping With Risk and Uncertainty
The New Technocracy

Anders Esmark

Policy Press

The chapter focuses on changes in technocratic rationality and practice brought about by risk society. The proliferation of manufactured, global and incalculable risk has undercut the traditional security thinking of industrial technocracy and led to the internalization of risk and a new credo announcing the impossibility of insurance against dangers and uncertainty. This has, in turn, prompted important changes in technocratic risk regulation and a new focus on the creation and management of resilient citizens, organizations, communities, societies and systems. Ecological and economic governance are discussed as examples of this development.

Keywords:   Risk society, Risk management, Regulation, Policy instrumentation

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