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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Recent Examples on the Web The action is routine, the drama tends toward the banal and sentimental, and the social symbolism of class division and technocracy, while cleverly worked out, isn’t compelling or coherent enough to tie it all together. Mike Hale, New York Times, "Review: ‘Snowpiercer’ on a New Track," 14 May 2020 Technocrats like to say that entire sectors of public policy are very complicated and therefore no one can propose reforms or even understand the sector without entry into the priesthood of the technocracy. Ganesh Sitaraman, The New Republic, "The Collapse of Neoliberalism," 23 Dec. 2019 First born in the 1950s at the high-water mark for faith in technocracy, the successive institutions that blossomed into today’s EU were always premised on the notion that voters couldn’t be trusted. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Brexit May Make Europe Safe for Democracy," 30 Jan. 2020 As an ideology, technocracy holds that the problems in the world are technical problems that require technical solutions. Ganesh Sitaraman, The New Republic, "The Collapse of Neoliberalism," 23 Dec. 2019 Moreover, as Alexis de Tocqueville saw, that daily participation in local governance can help ward off the tendencies toward atomism and technocracy to which modern democracy is susceptible. Fred Bauer, National Review, "What the Nationalism vs. Liberalism Debate Misses," 28 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of technocracy

1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for technocracy

techno- + -cracy

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“Technocracy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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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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