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Definition of Governance

Babylon English

government; management; control
Governance Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
Chaucer's Middle English Glossary
noun 1. behaviour; 2. control, management
Governance Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Exercise of authority; control; government; arrangement.
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hEnglish - advanced version

\gov"ern*ance\ (?), n. [f. gouvernance.] exercise of authority; control; government; arrangement. h. newman.

JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Llywedyddiaeth = n. directorship; governance; pilotage
Llywiaduriaeth = n. directorship, governance
Llywiawd = n. governance
Llywiedigaeth = n. governance
WordNet 2.0

1. the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something; "he claims that the present administration is corrupt"; "the governance of an association is responsible to its members"; "he quickly became recognized as a member of the establishment"
(synonym) administration, governing body, establishment, brass, organization, organisation
(hypernym) body
(hyponym) Curia
(part-holonym) government, authorities, regime
(member-meronym) advisory board, planning board
(part-meronym) hierarchy, power structure, pecking order
2. the act of governing; exercising authority; "regulations for the governing of state prisons"; "he had considerable experience of government"
(synonym) government, governing, government activity
(hypernym) social control
(hyponym) misgovernment, misrule
(derivation) govern, rule
(class) progressive, reformist, reform-minded
Governance Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
EU English Glossary
The debate on European governance, launched by the Commission in its White Paper of July 2001, concerns all the rules, procedures and practices affecting how powers are exercised within the European Union. The aim is to adopt new forms of governance that bring the Union closer to European citizens, make it more effective, reinforce democracy in Europe and consolidate the legitimacy of the institutions. The Union must reform itself in order to fill the democratic deficit of its institutions. This governance should lie in the framing and implementation of better and more consistent policies associating civil society organisations and the European institutions. It also entails improving the quality of European legislation, making it clearer and more effective. Moreover, the European Union must contribute to the debate on world governance and play an important role in improving the operation of international institutions.


•Community and intergovernmental methods
•Debate on the future of the European Union
•Democratic deficit
•European Convention
•Institutional balance and democratic legitimacy
•Laeken Declaration 
•Simplification of legislation 
•Treaty of Nice
•Transparency (access to documents) 
•Transparency of Council proceedings

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Governance Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Governance refers to "all processes of governing, whether undertaken by a government, market or network, whether over a family, tribe, formal or informal organization or territory and whether through laws, norms, power or language." It relates to "the processes of interaction and decision-making among the actors involved in a collective problem that lead to the creation, reinforcement, or reproduction of social norms and institutions."

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Governance Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
European Commission Glossary of Justice and home affairs
The Commission has turned the spotlight on good governance by proposing in a 2001 White Paper ways to make the EU more relevant and coherent to its citizens. (See EU citizenship)
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