Overstretched expert monopolies

  • Expert monopolies are not always warranted. And even in cases expert monopolies are warranted not every aspect of the expert monopoly is warranted.
  • The overstretching of expert monopolies unnecessarily affirms autonomous citizens as clients or patients – thus stimulating learned helplessness – and unnecessary generates costs in addition to overburdening experts.
  • By limiting expert monopolies citizen responsibility for their social belonging, their individual autonomy and their achievement is empowered while costs of implementing expert systems are being reduced and the accessibility, quality, and effectiveness of expert activities are enhanced.
  • In some fields, trends can be discerned to try to curb the reach of expert monopolies. For instance, in regular health care attempts are undertaken to implement patient empowerment.
  • Cieco’s first ambition is to address all cases of overstretching of expert monopolies, not just by curbing expert monopolies in some fields where expert monopolies are warranted but also by challenging expert monopolies where expert monopolies are unwarranted.
  • Examples of fields in which expert monopolies are unwarranted are: sections within mental health, advice on diets, loneliness, free time, social integration, parenting, media literacy, addiction, tourism, and resocialization.