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.

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Recent Examples on the Web But during his time in office, he was regarded as a powerful and skilled technocrat, and was tasked with handling some of Beijing’s highest priorities, among which was managing China’s bid for the 2022 Games. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 24 Nov. 2021 The Fed’s policies are not just the realm of technocrat PhD economists who are solving math equations. Christopher Leonard, Fortune, 22 Nov. 2021 For the trappings of a technocrat, Raimondo is making choices on personal terms., 21 Oct. 2021 The royal prince’s predecessor, a mere technocrat, signed the Paris Climate Agreement. Mohamed El Aassar, Fortune, 26 Oct. 2021 For the trappings of a technocrat, Raimondo is making choices on personal terms., 21 Oct. 2021 For the trappings of a technocrat, Raimondo is making choices on personal terms. Josh Boak,, 18 Oct. 2021 He was first named to the foreign minister post as part of a technocrat interim government that had to step in for several months after Mr. Kurz lost a confidence vote in Parliament in May 2019. New York Times, 9 Oct. 2021 Often described as a technocrat, Ghani served as the finance minister of the Afghan transitional government and came in fourth place for the presidency in 2009, according to his official biography. oregonlive, 20 Aug. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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

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