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There is widespread agreement that governance is important and that it is changing. But exactly how is it changing, and how are actors at various levels of social organization promoting or adapting to changes in governance? The aim of this paper is to explore what researchers and theorists in a wide range of fields have made of the ferment in governance, and to identify important lessons for people interested in how to improve the governance of health. Specifically, we address two main questions: (1) What are the main current descriptions of where governance is located and how it is exercised? And (2) How have innovators in governance tried to reform or replace institutional forms and constraining devices that no longer perform the functions they once did? (excerpt)

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