gov·​er·​nance | \ ˈgə-vər-nən(t)s How to pronounce governance (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Amid a vacuum of good governance and political stability in its neighbors, Russia sought to re-establish itself as the center of power amid its former de facto empire. NBC News, "Ukraine fears Trump hold on aid exposed vulnerability in war with Russia," 26 Dec. 2019 Protests Percolate High youth unemployment, poor governance and other deep-rooted problems that contributed to the wave of uprisings in the 2011 Arab Spring continue to threaten political stability in many countries across the region. Netty Ismail, Houston Chronicle, "Guide to Middle East risks in 2020," 26 Dec. 2019 And signals matter, not least to ESG investors, who care about firms’ environmental, social and governance performance as well as their bottom-line. Helpfully, gender diversity on boards is easier to pin down than most ESG metrics. The Economist, "How to deal with board gender quotas," 12 Dec. 2019 Greater coordination is becoming a regular feature of Amazon’s detractors: Activist shareholders worked together to target the company with a slate of environmental, social and governance proposals that were voted on at its annual meeting this year. Benjamin Romano,, "Criticism mounts as ‘peak’ season for Amazon arrives," 2 Dec. 2019 Governments need deeper tech expertise and greater capacity in data governance and regulatory innovation to act as leaders in shaping our future cities. Alex Ryan, Quartz, "Can smart cities help their residents without hurting their privacy?," 27 Nov. 2019 Pelosi on her twitter account said her visit to Afghanistan focused on security, governance and economic development. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Nancy Pelosi meets top officials in Afghanistan," 21 Oct. 2019 Owens has undergraduate degrees in biology, anthropology, and studio art, a master’s degree in environmental studies, and a PhD in governance and sustainability., "University of Hartford’s Rell Center appoints Katharine Owens as new director," 16 Oct. 2019 Beckmen also serves on the governance and campaign committees and chairs the YOLA center task force. Lilly Pace, Billboard, "Executive Turntable: Moves at IMPALA, Universal Music Latin Entertainment, Warner Music Norway & More," 27 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of governance

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for governance

see govern

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The first known use of governance was in the 15th century

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10 Jan 2020

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“Governance.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of governance

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

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