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technostructure

the technical and bureaucratic class which GALBRAITH (1967) regards as replacing the previously dominant capitalist class (of private owners and entrepreneurs) within modern industrial societies. See also SEPARATION OF OWNERSHIP AND CONTROL, MANAGERIAL REVOLUTION, SERVICE CLASS.
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To judge from appearances, we have the most lucid and most intelligent political philosophers that there have ever been, capable of reflecting on the organization of society and the principles of government, and of pushing them critically to their ideal of justice and democracy, and the most disappointing and mediocre politicians, lacking in vision, erratic administrators of technostructures which are beyond them, only just able to win small battles at 100-1 on.
The technostructures achieve great expertise in making decentralized decisions that are involved in the microeconomic management of both the technological and institutional aspects of the organization and operation of the large, technologically oriented, oligopolistic corporations that dominate contemporary American capitalism.
Ricci traces the institutional growth of higher education, the rise of professionalism, technostructures and big government, bureaucrats and staff, the churches, and consumerism, all as developments contributing cultural elements to the modern think tank.