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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.

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News consumers have been treated to flowery eulogies, including a few exceptionally jarring ones, by former colleagues, political opponents, editors, technocrats. Harish C Menon, Quartz India, "By only praising the dead politician, you are being the worst kind of fake," 26 Aug. 2019 Bespectacled and of average build and height, the 52-year-old talks about voting policy with the confident cadence of an experienced technocrat. Matt Stiles, Los Angeles Times, "Sweeping change is coming for L.A. County voters. If things go wrong, he’ll get the blame," 19 Aug. 2019 Bloomberg is a highly competent technocrat who at times enjoyed broad popularity in New York City. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Report: Michael Bloomberg Is, Once Again,Thinking of Running for President," 26 June 2018 There would also be a Cabinet made up of technocrats chosen by the protesters, as well as a legislative council, the makeup of which would be decided within three months. Washington Post, "African Union envoy: Sudanese finalize power-sharing deal," 3 Aug. 2019 In the end, the main kibosh to federalism has come from the technocrats running the economy for Mr Duterte. The Economist, "Rodrigo Duterte is losing interest in creating a federal Philippines," 1 Aug. 2019 The young technocrat’s red pedigree protected him from the bloody purges of the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution. Emily Rauhala, Washington Post, "Li Peng, Chinese premier during Tiananmen massacre, dies at 91," 23 July 2019 Rosselló portrayed himself as a technocrat with solutions to Puerto Rico’s debt and crumbling infrastructure. Susan Miller, USA TODAY, "The people of Puerto Rico are angry: Here is what's fueling a major protest planned for Monday," 21 July 2019 As a result, governments installed technocrats with deep academic and market expertise to head central banks. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "Newly named European Central Bank head Christine Lagarde isn’t an economist—and that’s good news," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of technocrat

1932, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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