In an Age of Experts: The Changing Roles of Professionals in Politics and Public Life / Edition 1

In an Age of Experts: The Changing Roles of Professionals in Politics and Public Life / Edition 1

by Steven Brint
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691026076

ISBN-13: 9780691026077

Pub. Date: 05/13/1996

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Since the 1960s the number of highly educated professionals in America has grown dramatically. During this time scholars and journalists have described the group as exercising increasing influence over cultural values and public affairs. The rise of this putative "new class" has been greeted with idealistic hope or ideological suspicion on both the right and the

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Since the 1960s the number of highly educated professionals in America has grown dramatically. During this time scholars and journalists have described the group as exercising increasing influence over cultural values and public affairs. The rise of this putative "new class" has been greeted with idealistic hope or ideological suspicion on both the right and the left. In an Age of Experts challenges these characterizations, showing that claims about the distinctive politics and values of the professional stratum have been overstated, and that the political preferences of professionals are much more closely linked to those of business owners and executives than has been commonly assumed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691026077
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
05/13/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.09(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Introduction: Professionals and the Character of American Democracy3
Pt. 1The Professional Stratum in America21
Ch. 2Professions as Organization and Status Category23
Ch. 3Professions in the Political Economy I: Spheres and Sectors45
Ch. 4Professions in the Political Economy II: Markets66
Ch. 5Culture and Politics81
Ch. 6The Rhythms of Political Change104
Pt. 2Experts, Intellectuals, and Professionals127
Ch. 7The Influence of Policy Experts129
Ch. 8The Moral Imagination of Intellectuals150
Ch. 9Professionals and Politics in Postindustrial Societies175
Ch. 10Conclusion: The Transformation of the Professional Middle Class and the Future of Intellectuals202
Notes213
Index265

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