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The Technocratic Response: All Power to the Experts

(With the Blessing of Citizens Provided They Are Well-Educated)
  • Massimiano Bucchi
  • Adrian Belton
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Abstract

This first chapter considers a particularly common response to issues and conflicts in technoscience. I refer to the so-called “technocratic response”, which is especially frequent within the scientific community, but not uncommon among policymakers and other authoritative commentators, or in some sectors of public opinion. It bases its proposals for decision making on a specific conception of the relationships among scientific experts, political decision makers, and public opinion.

Keywords

Public Opinion Public Understanding Advisory Opinion Public Agenda Political Decision Maker 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipto. Sociologia e Ricerca SocialeUniversita di TrentoTrentoItaly
  2. 2.Società editrice il MulinoBolognaItaly

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