Non-Hierarchical Authority Delegation

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What is non-hierarchical authority delegation? How should it be defined?

When the authority over a certain topic is delegated to more than one expert, it is conceivable that sometimes the opinions of different experts can be given the same weight. In such cases, the delegation would be non-hierarchical. The question here is how the notion of non-hierarchical authority delegation is to be defined.

In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Mirka Loiselle in 2017. The question is currently accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by Scientonomy community. Non-Hierarchical Authority Delegation (Loiselle-2017) is currently accepted by Scientonomy community as the best available definition of the term. Non-Hierarchical Authority Delegation (Loiselle-2017) states "A sub-type of multiple authority delegation where different communities are delegated the same degree of authority over topic x."


Acceptance Record

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CommunityAccepted FromAcceptance IndicatorsStill AcceptedAccepted UntilRejection Indicators
Scientonomy19 May 2017The publication of the article by Loiselle titled Multiple Authority Delegation in Art Authentication is a good indication of acceptance of the question.1Yes

All Theories

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Non-Hierarchical Authority Delegation (Loiselle-2017)A sub-type of multiple authority delegation where different communities are delegated the same degree of authority over topic x.2017
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Accepted Theories

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ScientonomyNon-Hierarchical Authority Delegation (Loiselle-2017)23 October 2018

Suggested Modifications

Here is a list of modifications concerning this topic:
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

Current View

In Scientonomy community, the accepted definition of the term is Non-Hierarchical Authority Delegation (Loiselle-2017). It is defined as: "A sub-type of multiple authority delegation where different communities are delegated the same degree of authority over topic x."

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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. Read More

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  1. ^  Loiselle, Mirka. (2017) Multiple Authority Delegation in Art Authentication. Scientonomy 1, 41-53. Retrieved from


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