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Climate Crisis and the Democratic ProspectParticipatory Governance in Sustainable Communities$
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Frank Fischer

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199594917

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199594917.001.0001

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Democracy at Risk: From Citizen Activism to Techno-Environmentalism

Democracy at Risk: From Citizen Activism to Techno-Environmentalism

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(p.44) 2 Democracy at Risk: From Citizen Activism to Techno-Environmentalism
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Climate Crisis and the Democratic Prospect
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Frank Fischer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199594917.003.0003

The climate crisis has led various prominent writers to call for greater reliance on experts. Not only have they called on experts for technical solutions, but also for a greater role in the policy decision processes. If central governments step in with strong measures, even more authoritarian forms of rule, the turn to technocratic experts will undoubtedly be a part of the strategy. The chapter seeks to sort out the issues and questions posed by this appeal to technical expertise. It begins by looking at the evolution of techno-managerial expertise in modern environmental politics, before examining the technocratic mode of reason and the depoliticization of the policymaking that it advocates. The discussion then moves from the realm of theory to examine specific contemporary technocratic arguments and concludes with a discussion of the nature of technocratic power.

Keywords:   technical expertise, technocracy, techno-managerialism, eco-authoritarianism, depoliticization, technocratic power

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