tech·​noc·​ra·​cy | \ tek-ˈnä-krə-sē How to pronounce technocracy (audio) \
plural technocracies

Definition of technocracy

: government by technicians specifically : management of society by technical experts

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Howard Scott, a Greenwich Village gasbag, seized the moment to push his philosophy of technocracy. Philip Delves Broughton, WSJ, "‘Digital Cash’ Review: Bitcoin and Beyond," 23 June 2019 One licenses domineering technocracy; the other, cruder forms of authoritarianism. Adam Tooze, The New York Review of Books, "Democracy and Its Discontents," 6 June 2019 But if undemocratic liberal technocracy is the ultimate driver of the popular revolt, how can a technocratic list of solutions offered by a technocratic think tank be a credible answer? Adam Tooze, The New York Review of Books, "Democracy and Its Discontents," 6 June 2019 Michael doesn’t so much argue as feel that some combination of materialism, technocracy, and individualism is carrying us away from our purpose. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Millennial Who Rejects Hipness and Irony," 14 June 2019 That means the Parliament should be at the center of any attempt to imbue Brussels’s remote technocracy with democratic legitimacy. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Europe’s Missing Vote," 27 Dec. 2018 California, the undisputed climate leader in the US, has shown that technocracy can work. David Roberts, Vox, "Washington votes no on a carbon tax — again," 6 Nov. 2018 Some leaders in Asia, Africa and even Europe are beginning to wonder whether China’s authoritarian technocracy is a better governance model for the 21st century than America’s chaotic democratic system. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "America’s Decline Never Seems to Arrive," 2 July 2018 Attempts to expand technocracy will increase support for sidelining experts and elites entirely. Sheri Berman, Washington Post, "Populists have one big thing right: Democracies are becoming less open," 8 Jan. 2018

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1895, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of technocracy

formal : a system in which people with a lot of knowledge about science or technology control a society

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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