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Beyond the technocrat? The professional expert in development practice

Wilson, Gordon (2006). Beyond the technocrat? The professional expert in development practice. Development and Change, 37(3) pp. 501–523.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0012-155X.2006.00488.x
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Abstract

This article traces the use of the term ‘technocratic’ to describe development practice, and the concomitant use of ‘technocrat’ to describe professional experts who engage in development work. It locates the use of these terms as pejorative labels within understandings of professional experts as part of an apparatus of governmentality that depoliticizes development intervention. It argues, however, that such understandings miss the crucial point of engagement in development practice between these agents and other actors which opens ‘learning spaces’ that have the potential for a range of outcomes.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0012-155X
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
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Item ID: 4125
Depositing User: Gordon Wilson
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 19:51
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/4125
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