Definition of technocracy in English:

technocracy

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The government or control of society or industry by an elite of technical experts.

    ‘failure in the war on poverty discredited technocracy’
    • ‘They stand against ‘industrial society in all its forms; against neoliberalism and technocracy, and against corporate crooks and their allies in government’.’
    • ‘Politics has adopted the language of technocracy and presents itself as a matter of effective management.’
    • ‘Instrumentality, rationality and technocracy supplant the heroic, stripping away place, history, bodies, time.’
    • ‘He argues that ‘deep democratization promises an alternative to technocracy.’’
    • ‘For many in the counterculture of the early 1960s, computers had represented the epitome of all that was wrong with technology in the service of technocracy.’
    • ‘In fact, the authors claim the version of technocracy generated by the act may inadvertently serve the needs of democracy.’
    • ‘The end of the 1960s saw a rejection of technocracy, for many valid reasons.’
    • ‘Paraphrasing Marcuse, technocracy views everything that is not backed up by facts, as an ideological matter.’
    • ‘Admittedly, this optimism was tempered by his faith in democracy, and his hints about the growing threat of technocracy to democracy.’
    • ‘Technopoly, in other words, is totalitarian technocracy.’
    • ‘Some elements of the satirical model are more easily visible than the others: the critique of technocracy, and of socially irresponsible behavior, for example.’
    • ‘As politics retreats from grand ideology to technocracy, it has become increasingly important for politicians to emphasise their distinctive values.’
    • ‘With the decline of the critical intellectual, the thinker gives way to the expert, politics yields to technocracy, and culture and education lapse into forms of social therapy.’
    • ‘For Chaplin, technocracy (especially corporate capitalism) must be fought, and nostalgia and sentiment must triumph.’
    • ‘The main parties all offer slightly different versions of turned-on technocracy.’
    • ‘The cinema we need, the cinema that combats technocracy will, therefore, be non-narrative.’
    • ‘But technocracy is intellectually dead and politically exhausted.’
    1. 1.1[count noun]An instance or application of technocracy.
      • ‘And, if small is beautiful, then the massive, dangerous, centralizing technocracy that is the nuclear industry is hideous.’
      • ‘Rather evil is now primarily mediated by, and incarnated through, our ‘cold ‘technologies and technocracies.’’
      • ‘Further, graduates from a significant community college understand and utilize technology as an integrated tool that assures their participation as tech-savvy citizens who play a significant role in our emerging technocracy.’
      • ‘To express one's creativity - an increasing struggle in our information-driven technocracy - is to touch the very core of what it means to be human.’
      • ‘Medieval music, although so distant from us in time - it flourished, very roughly speaking, from around 1000 to 1400 AD - now makes a surprisingly lively impact on people in our advanced industrial technocracies.’
      • ‘The good society he envisaged was a kind of technocracy, with an educated elite providing the leadership.’
      • ‘Thus no mechanism of succession to Mussolini existed and nothing was done to ensure that a genuine fascist technocracy, public or private, was created.’
      • ‘I already thought of two descriptive names for this society: a technocratic theocracy, or a theocratic technocracy.’
      • ‘Next, relax and prepare for living in a technocracy with executive manipulation of the mass media to do your thinking about society for you.’
      • ‘The core thesis in this book is that the global technocracy, visible in all our major cities, working for globally focused organisations, have more in common with each other than the culture of their particular national hinterland.’
      • ‘Not in so many words, she viewed my new handset as just another exotic creation of a transnational technocracy using technology to get us to spend our obsessive consumerist, materialist dollars.’
      • ‘I do believe direct representation should be the defining aspect of democracy and what you find in Europe is more a ruling technocracy than a democracy.’
      • ‘He basically outlines three classifications for culture: tool-using, technocracies, and technopolies.’
      • ‘According to the late media critic, technology causes cultures to take one of three forms: tool-using cultures, technocracies, and technopolies.’
      • ‘I had already done a theocratic technocracy, so why not a feudal democracy?’
    2. 1.2[count noun]An elite of technical experts.
      • ‘Yet, Commissioners are unelected and the Commission is often portrayed as an unaccountable technocracy.’
      • ‘The power of these technocracies has varied greatly.’
      • ‘The third began at the end of the nineteenth century, leading to the Social Gospel movement, the rise of the twentieth century welfare state, and a secular technocracy or knowledge class.’
      • ‘These are the Commission as a dynamic technocracy, with the Council as the body required to ratify Commission action.’
      • ‘So you're not worried about the development of a sort of elite technocracy running the global brain machines?’
      • ‘The technocracy's acquisition of power via the state and the progression of exaggerated secularization have combined to give rise to a number of social phenomena which have themselves become social determinants.’
      • ‘I say despite itself, because to advance its legitimacy, the technocracy has promoted an exaggerated secularization of society that is simultaneously radical and very damaging.’
      • ‘Thus, the highest positions of prestige and authority would be assumed by a meritocratic elite of intelligence and creativity: the technocracy.’
      • ‘He argues that we live in a corporate oligarchy in which technocracies control technologies.’

Origin

Early 20th century: from Greek tekhnē art, craft + -cracy.

Pronunciation:

technocracy

/tɛkˈnɒkrəsi/