Focusing on the world society’s new regulatory settings, this article asks if the social form of responsibility can be replaced by other forms. The answer is based on the assumption that responsibility requires social addresses. In new forms of regulation, the question is whether this minimum requirement is still fulfilled. The paper's thesis claims that in advanced modes of governance and regulation, responsibility ultimately relies upon such addresses, which operate in the medium of meaning. Against this background the question finally arises, how regulation can work under conditions where it becomes increasingly difficult to identify such addresses.
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