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The New Technocracy

Anders Esmark


Setting a new benchmark for studies of technocracy, the book shows that a solution to the challenge of populism will depend as much on a technocratic retreat as democratic innovation. Esmark examines the development since the 1980s of a new 'post-industrial' technocratic regime and its complicity in the populist backlash against politics and political elites that is visible today. The new technocracy – a combination of network governance, risk management and performance management – has, the author argues, abandoned the overtly anti-democratic sentiments of its industrial predecessor and procl ... More

Keywords: Technocracy, Populism, Democracy, Governance, Risk management, Performance management

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781529200874
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529200874.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anders Esmark, author
University of Copenhagen