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What is epistocracy?

Dimensions of knowledge-based rule
Chapter

Abstract

The role of knowledge in political decision-making has been a central topic in political theory and social science for centuries. One central branch of these discussions has focused on the role of religious knowledge and authority in political rule and variations of “theocracy” or “rule of priests”.1 However, the central knowledge basis of a society or a political system is not necessarily of a religious kind. Arguably, in many contemporary societies the most crucial knowledge source is scientific and professional knowledge.

Keywords

European Union Procedural Justification Limit State Function Political Rule Comprehensive Doctrine 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for European Studies and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Sociology and Human GeographyUniversity of OsloNorway

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