No theory forbids me to say "Ah!" or "Ugh!", but it forbids me the bogus theorization of my "Ah!" and "Ugh!" - the value judgments. - Theodor Julius Geiger (1960)

Vincent August

German sociologist Vincent August has written a book about the integration of network thinking into government concepts. Network thinking emphasizes the importance of networks and decentralization, as well as the recognition of the importance of non-state actors in shaping social outcomes. Part of its origin is in emerging emphasis on diversity and the reduction of the overextension of the state's power.


In terms of safety management this approach would imply that the regulation of social space, including safety, cannot be determined by central political control but rather through decentralized and multiple self-regulation. The focus would be on regulating communication and information flows, rather than controlling territory, and on the recognition of the importance of non-state actors, such as clients, contractors and consulting companies, in shaping safety outcomes.


Please note that the network governance approach can provide opportunities for creative revision and innovation but also be a potential source of conflicts and simplifications.

Full book available here.