Area 5: Governance of addiction

Led by Franz Trautmann (Trimbos Intitute)

Most current drug policies have failed to understand addiction complexities, which has resulted in late, often inadequate, and sometimes counterproductive policies. Area 5 studies governance in a broad sense as 'the way in which a society or organisation steers itself, including the response to outbreaks and the course of events' – something which involves many players, multiple agencies and sites, with action on many levels, from global to local. Area 5 takes a macro (geopolitical) and meso (policymaking) approach to governance issues.

  • WP 13 - Governance view - documents the typology of different views of the governance of addictions in all European Member States and Norway, undertaking a theoretical overview embedded in broader frameworks of governance. A sub-study also compares living conditions among clients in drug substitution programmes in four European countries or regions. Led by Joan Colom (Department of Health - Government of Catalonia).


  • WP14 - Governance practice - describes and analyses current practices and trends in governance implementation (programmes) in the fields of licit and illicit substances and non-substance related addictions (gambling, compulsive internet use). Franz Trautmann (Trimbos Institute).


  • WP15 - Redesigning governance - aims to formulate a vision for the future governance of addiction and lifestyles, based on the knowledge and evidence generated. Led by Svanaug Fjaer (University of Stavanger).

Area 5 includes systematic reviews, expert colloquia, document analyses, surveys of clients’ living conditions, scaling of policies, stock-taking, country case study descriptions, and policy advice and foresight. The findings of this area will certainly contribute to produce lines of collaboration and to communicate a vision for future governance in the field of addictions and lifestyles.

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