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    technocratic (& Kevin Rudd)

    Speaking to the Financial Times in London during an 18-day world tour that has taken in Washington and Brussels, and whose last leg starts today in China, Mr Rudd's previous career as a diplomat is evident in his understated technocratic patter, quite distinct from the combative abrasiveness of Paul Keating, the last Labor prime minister.
    Hello! The above snippet is an article in Financial Times about Australian PM kevin Rudd.

    I have searched Mr. Rudd's profile. He majored in Chinese and Chinese history. I am wondering why the author used "technocratic" to depict Mr. Rudd if you know. What kind of person can be describe as "technocratic"?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: technocratic (& Kevin Rudd)

    Brit native, not a teacher

    From technocrat - Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

    Main Entry: tech·no·crat Listen to the pronunciation of technocrat
    Pronunciation: \ˈtek-nə-ˌkrat\
    Function: noun
    Date: 1932

    1: an adherent of technocracy (see below)

    2: a technical expert; especially : one exercising managerial authority


    Main Entry: tech·noc·ra·cy
    Pronunciation: \tek-ˈnä-krə-sē\
    Function: noun
    Inflected Form(s): plural tech·noc·ra·cies
    Date: 1919

    : government by technicians; specifically : management of society by technical experts


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    Re: technocratic (& Kevin Rudd)

    Usually a technocrat is a technical expert, someone who is skilled and who makes decisions based on technical knowledge and not on opinion.

    I think it is used to underline Rudd's highly educated and diplomatic background, whereas Keating came from a working class and trades union background and was a combative and aggressive politician.

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    Re: technocratic (& Kevin Rudd)

    Hi Hotmetal and Anglika,

    Thank you for your replies.

    And now I understood why Mr. Rudd without technologic background can be described as being technocratic.



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