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It’s impossible to imagine life nowadays without cooperation in chains. More and more social issues demand a multi-disciplinary approach. In the past we used to create a new organisation for each new problem; new institutions, with new stakes, for, at times, very specific target groups. Chain cooperation (cooperation between multiple actors) seeks to overcome that problem by bringing the relevant parties together to jointly solve the client’s demand or tackle a social issue. However, the big problem of many chains is the lack of decisiveness, and commitment to the cooperation, or to the time-consuming consultative structures. In this publication Arjan van Venrooy and Léon Sonnenschein describe a new organisational form that offers a solution to this: the chain unit. This solution has been tested in the difficult day-to-day practice of the fight against juvenile crime and the handling of persistent offenders in Amsterdam, tackling juvenile unemployment in Rotterdam and handling multi- poblem families in Enschede. All in the Netherlands.