Verso un’analisi strutturale delle forme di governance
| STUDI DI SOCIOLOGIA - 2007 - 3
This article suggests a sociological analysis of the concept of governance. First, the author
presents an analysis of the characteristics of the social contexts that have supported the origin
and the development of the concept of governance. Then, some political and sociological definitions
of this concept are discussed. Secondly, the author presents a relational definition of
governance and he shows how the relational sociology provides a multidimensional conception.
The relational sociology furthermore allows to identify some empirical indicators of this concept.
Finally, the author analyses the structural properties of the social networks that can be a
resource for the processes of mutual-coordination between autonomous and interdependent
actors. Then, some structural indicators of governance are discussed.