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No próximo dia 9 de Outubro, irá decorrer a conferência com o Prof. Alfons Bora intitulada “Rethinking regulation. What governance is all about“, na sala B202 do ISCTE-IUL. A conferência terá início pelas 18h00. A entrada é livre.

The term »governance«, in the social sciences as well as in political practise, has emerged as a result of a crisis of interventionist thinking. Post-interventionist theories and concepts of pluralist societies had raised questions that the idea of governance promised to answer by replacing more rigid concepts of social steering by new ideas of cooperation, negotiation, coproduction, hybrid communication, self-regulation, network etc. It is not so much this often-criticized blurredness of the semantics of governance that provokes questions again, but rather the specific amalgamation of social theory and practise connected to governance. As an effect of this amalgamation, the »social-scientification« of sovereignty and command tends to produce two contradictory effects. Besides the traditional guarantee of freedom, usually connected with a strong rule of law, a very far-reaching pressure and demand of co-operation and participation are becoming powerful, closely guarded under the surface of the brave new world of governance. Against this background, the recollection of the functional nucleus of governance is suggested with the term »regulation« and with a particular emphasis on the de-legalizing effects of governance. The intention of this proposal is neither to dismiss the perspective of governance in toto, nor to revert to interventionist concepts, but rather to set the stage for a dispassionate and detached analysis of law and politics.

Alfons Bora – Short CV

Alfons Bora is sociologist and lawyer. Since 1999 he has been holding a chair in sociology at Bielefeld University. His interests are sociology of law, theory of regulation (especially with respect to technology assessment), sociological theory, and qualitative methods. He was a member of the German Ethics Council (appointed by the Federal Parliament and Government) from 2008 until 2012. Since 2010 he has been acting as deputy director of the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS, funded by the so called German Excellence Initiative). From 2008 until 2012 he was executive editor of the Zeitschrift für Soziologie. Since 2000 he has been working as one of the editors of Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie – The German Journal of Law and Society.