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“Expertocracy in Russia” by Anatoly Nesterov (State University Higher School of Economics, Moscow): This article considers the meaning of the terms “expertocracy” and “expertocrat,” which in the contemporary Russian Federation are newly constructed words based linguistically, but not conceptually, from the English loan word “expertise.” This article considers the meaning of the terms “expertocracy” and “expertocrat,” which in the contemporary Russian Federation are newly constructed words based linguistically, but not conceptually, from the English loan word “expertise.” A socio-economic analysis of the theory of expertise reveals that the activities of the new expertocrats (many of whom self-identify with this term) do not relate to traditional notions of expertise, particularly within today's Russian state apparatus and the private sector. Instead, this article explores the new social phenomena of “expertocracy” and “expertocrats” as well as the arrival of a newly rebranded buzzword, “narrative,” which has taken on new meaning aside from its historical and cultural interpretation and can now be used to describe the activities of the newly emergent expertocrat class in Russia.

In: The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review