In an Age of Experts: The Changing Roles of Professionals in Politics and Public Life
By: Steven Brint (author)Paperback
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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.
AcknowledgmentsCh. 1Introduction: Professionals and the Character of American Democracy3Pt. 1The Professional Stratum in America21Ch. 2Professions as Organization and Status Category23Ch. 3Professions in the Political Economy I: Spheres and Sectors45Ch. 4Professions in the Political Economy II: Markets66Ch. 5Culture and Politics81Ch. 6The Rhythms of Political Change104Pt. 2Experts, Intellectuals, and Professionals127Ch. 7The Influence of Policy Experts129Ch. 8The Moral Imagination of Intellectuals150Ch. 9Professionals and Politics in Postindustrial Societies175Ch. 10Conclusion: The Transformation of the Professional Middle Class and the Future of Intellectuals202Notes213Index265
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