technocrat

noun
tech·​no·​crat | \ ˈtek-nə-ˌkrat How to pronounce technocrat (audio) \

Definition of technocrat

1 : an adherent of technocracy
2 : a technical expert especially : one exercising managerial authority

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In 1919 W. H. Smyth coined the term technocracy to mean basically "management of society by technical experts". Technocracy grew into a movement during the Great Depression of the 1930s, when politicians and financial institutions were being blamed for the economic disaster, and fans of technocracy claimed that letting technical experts manage the country would be a great improvement. (They also suggested that dollars could be replaced by "energy certificates" representing energy units called ergs.) Today technocrat and technocratic are still popular words for experts with a highly rational and scientific approach to public policy issues. But these experts aren't always the best politicians, and when a terrific technological solution to a problem is opposed by a powerful group or industry, lawmakers find it easier to just ignore it.

Examples of technocrat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a bankruptcy judge, Drain seems to regard himself as a creative technocrat, a dealmaker whose chief concern is efficiency. Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker, "The Sackler Family’s Plan to Keep Its Billions," 4 Oct. 2020 David O’Sullivan is a former EU ambassador to the U.S. and long-time Brussels technocrat. Peter Flanagan, Bloomberg.com, "Coveney Narrow Favorite to Succeed Hogan Amid Gender Dilemma," 31 Aug. 2020 Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok is a respected technocrat, and a Sovereign Council includes civilians... The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Opening in Africa," 9 Aug. 2020 Reforms promised by the government of Prime Minister Hassan Diab, a self-style technocrat, have largely fallen by the wayside. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, "Dumpster diving, blackouts and suicides. Lebanon's woes laid bare as crisis deepens," 8 July 2020 Macron replaced him with Jean Castex, a technocrat with no political profile who oversaw France’s reopening. Rachel Donadio, The New York Review of Books, "France: After Lockdown, the Street," 24 June 2020 The concept of automatic stabilizers is embraced by many centrist and left-of-center technocrats, including the last two leaders of the Federal Reserve. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "Economists Want to Put Stimulus on Autopilot. Congress Has Other Ideas.," 15 May 2020 After a period of complacency, Vladimir Putin reacted in March by announcing a nationwide shutdown, now extended to April 30, and turned over most of the government’s responses to a team of technocrats. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "As Moscow locks down, small businesses feel the crunch," 20 Apr. 2020 The chief demand of the protest movement was for a cabinet of technocrats, devoid of political affiliation, who would break the vicious cycle of patronage and corruption that has pushed Lebanon into crisis. Suzan Haidamous, Washington Post, "Lebanon gets a new Hezbollah-backed government amid mounting unrest," 21 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of technocrat

1932, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for technocrat

techno- + -crat, after technocracy

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“Technocrat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/technocrat. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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technocrat

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English Language Learners Definition of technocrat

: a scientist or technical expert who has a lot of power in politics or industry

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