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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 Calculation: Economy, Evidence and Experiments

Technocratic Calculation: Economy, Evidence and Experiments

(p.173) 7 Technocratic Calculation: Economy, Evidence and Experiments
The New Technocracy

Anders Esmark

Policy Press

The chapter takes up the technocratic preoccupation with quantification, measurement and scientific politics. While this is a consistent feature of technocratic governance, the proliferation of performance management, accountability and evaluation systems, evidence-based policy and experimental learning also reflect a new commitment to radical incrementalism and a ‘what works’ approach, which is significantly different from earlier and industrial technocracy. The chapter illustrates the implications of this development in the cases of experimental EU governance and nudging interventions.

Keywords:   Knowledge society, Econocracy, Performance management, Accountability, Evaluation

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