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Social Sciences problem: Technocracy

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Literature Review: Technocracy problem for Social Sciences

This “Ten Problems for Social Sciences in the 2020s” booklet identifies ten relevant areas from very recent contributions put forward at academic level in the form journal articles, conference proceedings and students’ theses. Ten freely accessible internet references have been selected for each area and direct links are provided at the end of each chapter for own consultation. Our selected references do not intend to mirror ranking indexes nor establish novel classifications. On the contrary, they are meant to represent peer-reviewed, diverse and scientifically-sound case studies for vertical dissemination aimed at non-specialist readers. They will also be able to scoop even more references through the bibliography that is reported at the end of each selected reference.

Without further ado, these are the ten problems that we are going to introduce in this booklet:

  1. interculturalism,
  2. introspection,
  3. truth,
  4. authenticity,
  5. human enhancement,
  6. critical thinking,
  7. technocracy,
  8. privilege,
  9. ethics,
  10. higher education.

Each problem has its own dedicated chapter made of an introductory section, a short presentation of the ten selected references and a conclusions section.

The final chapter of this booklet will report the conclusions from each chapter again in order to provide a complete executive summary.


7 Technocracy

THE PROBLEM — When deployed to control and contain vulnerable populations, algorithmic systems dehumanize the people they target and impoverish standards of due process and justice. With the increase of issue visibility and subsequent politicization, non-governmental institutions progressively abandon purely technocratic behavior.

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CONCLUSIONS — Challenging governmental use of algorithms as instruments of social control requires understanding the fallibility of the technology. The concept of planetary boundaries comes with longstanding concerns about whether ecological limits are compatible with ecological democracy. Social scientific explanation is grounded in reason-giving causal explanation rather than non-reason-giving, merely physical, causal explanation. With the increase of issue visibility and subsequent politicization, the European Commission progressively abandons a purely technocratic behavior. The stakes are high for developing responsible research and innovation in geoengineering climate response approaches. Concerns have been raised regarding smart city innovations leading to, or consolidating, technocratic urban governance and the tokenization of citizens. A political discourse that engages citizens, rather than a technocratic approach, is the way forward when considering the advantages and disadvantages of particular happiness policies. The COVID-19 response has seen the medical-scientific expert metamorphose from decision-making input into decision-maker. In their efforts to prevent democratic backsliding, militant democrats have traditionally been sympathetic to technocratic arrangements. Antonio Gramsci’s concept of passive revolution provides a very fruitful basis upon which to capture the singularity of the neoliberal French case.

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