Technocratic discourse: a primer

McKenna, B. and Graham, P. W. (2000) Technocratic discourse: a primer. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 30 3: 223-251. doi:10.2190/56FY-V5TH-2U3U-MHQK

Author McKenna, B.
Graham, P. W.
Title Technocratic discourse: a primer
Journal name Journal of Technical Writing and Communication   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0047-2816
Publication date 2000-01-01
Year available 2000
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2190/56FY-V5TH-2U3U-MHQK
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 30
Issue 3
Start page 223
End page 251
Total pages 29
Editor C. Sides
Place of publication New York
Publisher Baywood Publishing Company
Language eng
Subject 289900 Other Information, Computing and Communication Sciences
280000 Information, Computing and Communication Sciences
370106 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
720100 Macroeconomic Issues
Abstract 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 analyzing a 900-word document about globalization produced by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: UQ Business School Publications
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