International Norms and Socio-technical Systems: Connecting Institutional and Technological Infrastructures in Governance Processes

  • Claudia Padovani
  • Elena Pavan
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 386)


This paper looks at the challenges posed by ICT critical infrastructures in their interaction with governance processes. The authors argue that, in order to develop better understanding of how (global) governing arrangements are made in a highly mediatised environment, adequate frameworks should be elaborated to study the interrelation between institutional and technological infrastructures. In this context, institutions are conceived as collections of norms - including a mix of rules and practices - while technological infrastructures are seen as instruments that transform governance processes, also enabling different actors’ participation. Adopting a constructivist approach, combined with a focus on governance networks, the authors introduce a multi-dimensional analytical framework to investigate governance processes where institutions and technologies converge to create socio-technical systems.


international norms socio-technical systems institutional and technological infrastructures communication governance analytic framework 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudia Padovani
    • 1
  • Elena Pavan
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche, Giuridiche e Studi InternazionaliUni. of PadovaItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Sociologia e Ricerca SocialeUniversity of TrentoItaly

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