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Hardcover

Published: 15 January 2020

408 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190877170


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Power without Knowledge

A Critique of Technocracy

Jeffrey Friedman

  • Provides a new understanding of technocracy that includes "citizen-technocrats" as well as policy scientists
  • Challenges the theory of motivated reasoning in favor of the view that it is the acquisition of expertise that, paradoxically, makes people more dogmatic
  • Advances a new theory of human heterogeneity, "ideational determinism," based on the unpredictable interplay of ideas in each person's web of beliefs
  • Presents controversial analysis of the "epistemic pathologies" of social science, including a critique of neoclassical economics focusing not on its psychological implausibility but its utopian assumptions about human knowledge
  • Challenges the theory of motivated reasoning in favor of the view that it is the acquisition of expertise that, paradoxically, makes people more dogmatic
  • Synthesizes public opinion research on "the ignorant voter," showing that voter ignorance is unintentional, not rational, and that voters often use politicians' intentions as the basis of their vote choices
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