Non-Hierarchical Authority Delegation (Loiselle-2017)

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A definition of Non-Hierarchical Authority Delegation that states "A sub-type of multiple authority delegation where different communities are delegated the same degree of authority over topic x."

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This definition of Non-Hierarchical Authority Delegation was formulated by Mirka Loiselle in 2017.1 It is currently accepted by Scientonomy community as the best available definition of the term.

History

Acceptance Record

Here is the complete acceptance record of Non-Hierarchical Authority Delegation (Loiselle-2017):
CommunityAccepted FromAcceptance IndicatorsStill AcceptedAccepted UntilRejection Indicators
Scientonomy23 October 2018The definition became accepted as a result of the acceptance of the respective suggested modification.Yes

Suggestions To Accept

Here are all the modifications where the acceptance of this theory has been suggested:
ModificationCommunityDate SuggestedSummaryVerdictVerdict RationaleDate Assessed
Sciento-2017-0007Scientonomy19 May 2017Accept the definitions of the following subtypes of authority delegation: singular authority delegation, multiple authority delegation, hierarchical authority delegation, and non-hierarchical authority delegation.AcceptedWhile the notions of singular and multiple authority delegation didn't cause much controversy, the notions of hierarchical and non-hierarchical authority delegation gave rise to notable disagreement among scientonomists. As a result, the modification was in discussion for about a year and a half.c1 Eventually, a consensus emerged mostly as a result of offline (in-person) discussion meetings. It was agreed that "for decisions that are not rote and routine, it seems highly unlikely that a pre-established hierarchy of authority delegation does or could exist, nor could a pre-established belief that all authorities should be given equal weight".c2 However, it was also agreed that Loiselle's study "have identified at least one aspect of hierarchical authority delegation in epistemic communities",c3 for "there seem to be instances where some experts occupy privileged positions in the eyes of those delegating authority" and that "alone is sufficient to suggest that hierarchies of authority delegation exists, regardless of of how transient or fixed they might be".c423 October 2018

Question Answered

Non-Hierarchical Authority Delegation (Loiselle-2017) is an attempt to answer the following question: What is non-hierarchical authority delegation? How should it be defined?

See Non-Hierarchical Authority Delegation for more details.

Description

Non-hierarchical authority delegation is a sub-type of multiple authority delegation. It describes a situation in which a community delegates authority over some topic to multiple communities, and treat each community as being at the same level of authority. Consider a case of multiple authority delegation in which either expert A OR expert B might be consulted. If the word of expert A is valued as equally as the word of expert B, we have a case of non-hierarchical authority delegation.

At the moment, non-hierarchical authority delegation is only a theoretical possibility. No historical examples have been found.

References

  1. ^  Loiselle, Mirka. (2017) Multiple Authority Delegation in Art Authentication. Scientonomy 1, 41-53. Retrieved from https://www.scientojournal.com/index.php/scientonomy/article/view/28233.

Contributors

Mirka Loiselle (46.7%), Hakob Barseghyan (53.3%)