Network governance as a response to risk society dilemmas: A proposal from the sociology of health

Topoi 23 (2):195-202 (2004)
After a short description of the major sociological theories based on the concept of risk (Douglas, Beck, Luhmann, Giddens) I propose to integrate the concept of risk with the concept of trust. On a less theoretical level I propose to consider governance as the institutional response to the growing complexity of the risk society. Above all, network governance – that is institutional steering based on a high community participation – seems to give good results in the field of health care policies, as has been shown in the Emilia-Romagna area (Italy).
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DOI 10.1023/B:TOPO.0000046066.21486.82
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