gov·er·nance | \ ˈgə-vər-nən(t)s \

Definition of governance 

: government the challenges of national governance

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Examples of governance in a Sentence

They have very different approaches to the governance of the city. after World War II, the four Allied nations shared the governance of the territory of postwar Germany under the Allied Control Council

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Tunisia’s many young people, unemployed graduates and civil society activists wanted to be part of the local governance. Aytug Sasmaz, Washington Post, "Who really won Tunisia’s first democratic local elections?," 1 June 2018 And for me first off, and super important, was the governance of the company. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full video and transcript: Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi at Code 2018," 31 May 2018 Under algorithmic governance, every user votes with their feet as to which rules to follow. Joshua Oliver, Slate Magazine, "There Is No Such Thing as “the” Blockchain," 5 Jan. 2018 This interest segued into a new, or rather old, passion: governance, the question of how power is wielded, the one that had come to him in his Normandy bedroom and in battles with his father—and indeed anyone in authority. Vicky Ward, Town & Country, "Why Nicolas Berggruen is Creating an Institute for Geniuses," 11 May 2016 In the late 1960s, a faction of the revolutionary Irish Republican Army began a terrorist campaign against Britain’s governance of Northern Ireland. Arthur I. Cyr, Lake County News-Sun, "Cyr: Britain’s prime minister takes charge of cabinet," 13 July 2018 Moving forward The current state of regulation in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space has attracted a melting pot of perspectives that have left many perplexed as to which governance structure to follow. Zhuling Chen, Fortune, "How Should We Regulate Blockchain? It Depends on Which Country You Ask," 25 June 2018 The topics were thorny—from the ethics of self-experimenting biohackers to the feasibility of pan-global governance structures. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Crispr Fans Fight for Egalitarian Access to Gene Editing," 6 June 2018 Building a participatory governance structure for civic data will require empathy, compromise, and potentially challenging the preconceived relationship between people, institutions, and their information. Elena Souris, Vox, "Data rights are civic rights: a participatory framework for GDPR in the US?," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of governance

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for governance

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English Language Learners Definition of governance

: the way that a city, company, etc., is controlled by the people who run it

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