Democracy and Human Rights Program
Now Trending: Technocracy Will Generation X’s preference for technocratic governance create an opening for future authoritarianism?
Summary On December 2, 2022, GGR Assistant Sascha Hannig Nuñez’s article was published in American Purpose, a magazine aimed at promoting and defending liberal democracy. In this article, Ms. Hannig Nuñez identifies a trend among younger generations for preferring technocracy over elected politicians and warns that such phenomenon could justify illiberal or authoritarian governments and undermine the importance of elected officials. She indicates how fake news and disinformation contribute to this rejection of politicians in a democracy and how the recent pandemic has propelled this trend even further. In order to prevent the erosion of democracy, Ms. Hannig Nuñez argues that support for technocrats should be acknowledged and channeled within democracies instead of being perceived as a potential threat and completely dismissed.