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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 So what kind of governance filter could Equifax credibly pass through? Ron Lieber, New York Times, "3 Steps to a Socially Conscious Portfolio," 14 Feb. 2020 Wednesday's announcement reflects the growing environmental, social and governance (ESG) pressure oil companies are facing from activists and investors, said Bob Brackett, an oil analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein. Benjamin Storrow, Scientific American, "BP Pledges to Go Carbon Neutral—How Remains an Open Question," 14 Feb. 2020 More recently, the company has become a target for the hedge-fund giant Elliott Management, which has been urging changes at the Japanese firm, including governance overhauls and stock buybacks. Ben Dooley,, "Softbank Group takes a $2-billion hit from bad bets," 12 Feb. 2020 Wasis testified that Alam’s governance had caused almost $200 million in environmental losses; in response, Alam sued Wasis for about $220 million. Dyna Rochmyaningsih, Science | AAAS, "Wildfire researcher deported amid growing rift between Indonesian government and scientists," 12 Feb. 2020 Facing potentially its biggest governance crisis in years, the party may now be trying to wrest back control of the narrative. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "Xi Jinping emerges to meet the people for the first time in China’s coronavirus outbreak," 10 Feb. 2020 But this perfectly captures the US tech industry’s shift toward talking regulation—just in a way that benefits itself—and the related risks of allowing private corporations to set the American (or even global) agenda on technology governance. Justin Sherman, Wired, "Oh Sure, Big Tech Wants Regulation—on Its Own Terms," 28 Jan. 2020 Art expands our possibilities, and the incorporation of poetry in public life allows for more creative and visionary collective governance. Grant Segall, cleveland, "Honey Bell-Bey becomes Cuyahoga County’s first poet laureate in 16 years," 28 Jan. 2020 Investors in these funds typically give the investment managers the ability to act as proxies in votes on the company's governance. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Major investment firm to prioritize sustainability, back off coal," 14 Jan. 2020

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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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21 Feb 2020

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“Governance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 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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