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Governance: Precautionary principle and pluralism


Governance is referred to today in almost fetishistic terms, although the origins of what is regarded as a new notion are not always recognised. In fact the term comes from the France of the Ancien Regime, where negotiation and arbitration were commonplace in the absence of a strong state monopoly. In the more distant etymological sense, the term signified a helm. In the context of environmental challenges, governance is necessary to orchestrate cooperation between states (and their bureaucracies), sometimes also including international companies, learned societies and scientific bodies – some of which are decision-makers – NGOs and even ordinary citizens who may be involved in short-term experiments of participative and deliberative democracy.
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hal-01417962 , version 1 (16-12-2016)
hal-01417962 , version 2 (07-11-2017)



Bernard Reber. Governance: Precautionary principle and pluralism. International Social Science Journal, 2013, 211/212, pp.75 - 87. ⟨10.1111/issj.12058⟩. ⟨hal-01417962v2⟩
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