tech·​noc·​ra·​cy | \tek-ˈnä-krə-sē \
plural technocracies

Definition of technocracy 

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

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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 With a party made of novice deputies from various professional backgrounds, technocracy more than anything else has shaped the new president’s governing style. James Mcauley, Washington Post, "Emmanuel Macron speaks to the world. But what about the French?," 10 Dec. 2017 Singapore remains an illiberal, albeit effective, technocracy. The Economist, "More money, less freedomSouth-East Asia’s future looks prosperous but illiberal," 18 July 2017 People in Western countries have been far too quick to throw centrist technocracy into the dustbin of history. Noah Smith, The Denver Post, "Defending neoliberalism from the extremes of left and right," 23 May 2017 Singing with earnest clarity, Father John Misty indicts selfishness, ignorance, distraction, vanity, politics, self-delusion, dogmatism, technocracy, God and, by no means least, himself. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Father John Misty: The End Is Near, Sing All About It," 5 Apr. 2017 GOOD AS the movie's hardware is, and the-technical credits seem endless, Lucas has not let technocracy overshadow the human element in his movie. James Meade,, "From the archives: 1977 'Star Wars' review," 25 May 2017 Normal rules of technocracy—everything private, special, secret, privileged—read differently in a place where young people wear snakes around their necks and charge strangers to take their pictures. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, "The Not-So-Celebratory Reaction to Snap’s I.P.O. in Its Home Town," 3 Mar. 2017

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1895, in the meaning defined above

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

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