Epistocracy: An afterword on global policy and 'rule by the wise'

Diane Stone

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Epistocracy is on the rise. The chapters in this volume all document, in one way or another, the role of experts and knowledge organizations in the development of global policies and their implementation by international organizations, donor agencies, and other globally mobile policy actors. The constellations of these actors are called here ‘transnational policy communities’. They form around a specific policy problem (like refugees or ocean pollution) or alternatively around a policy sector (like global health policy or global environmental policy). Other terms have been used in this volume. Eve Fouilleux writes about the concept of a transnational ‘organizational/institutional field’ that is composed of both a set of institutions, including practices, understandings, and rules as well as a network of organizations. It matters less the terminology used, and the disciplinary or conceptual frame adopted, as all the chapters point to new spaces for making global policy not only inside international organizations but also in their interactions. These transnational policy communities help fill the void of authority at the global and regional levels where there are ‘non jurisdictional spaces’ such as the oceans, the Antarctic, or global care chains.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationShaping Policy Agendas
Subtitle of host publicationThe Micro-Politics of Economic International Organizations
EditorsDavid Dolowitz, Magdaléna Hadjiisky, Romuald Normand
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781788976992
ISBN (Print)9781788976985
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2020

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NameShaping Policy Agendas: The Micro-Politics of Economic International Organizations


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