Technocratic Discourse: A Primer

  title={Technocratic Discourse: A Primer},
  author={B. McKenna and P. Graham},
  journal={Journal of Technical Writing and Communication},
  pages={223 - 251}
  • B. McKenna, P. Graham
  • Published 2000
  • Sociology, Political Science
  • Journal of Technical Writing and Communication
This article describes the linguistic and semantic features of technocratic discourse using a Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) framework. The article goes further to assert that the function of technocratic discourse in public policy is to advocate and promulgate a highly contentious political and economic agenda under the guise of scientific objectivity and political impartiality. We provide strong evidence to support the linguistic description, and the claims of political advocacy, by… Expand
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