Servant or partner? The role of expertise and knowledge in democracy


Should expert knowledge be limited to providing a servant role in democracies, or elevated to that of a partner?

  • Darrin Durant
  • The Conversation

Most of us respond with ambivalence to this question.

We desire expert input into democratic deliberation and decision-making, but not so much as to dominate the discussion.

Zak 6fAs a result, most of us are tempted by the quest for a Goldilocks principle that establishes “just enough” expertise.

But it can be unclear whether the servant or the partner role offers the best chance of achieving that Goldilocks principle.

In our populist times, many are attracted to the…

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