chapter  9
22 Pages

Governance, good governance, and global governance: conceptual and actual challenges 2000

ByThomas G. Weiss

Governance for the latter refers to characteristics that generally are associated with a system of national administration. The New Webster’s International Dictionary defines the term in much the same way as journalists from the New York Times or The Economist: “act, manner, office, or power of governing; government,” “state of being governed,” or “method of government or regulation.” As Morten Bøås has shown, before being studied at the global level, governance was employed generically in academic discourse.2 It was, for instance, widely used in relationship to business literature about the micro-behavior of firms.3 Goran Hyden has argued that it refers mainly to running governments and other public agencies or private ones with social purposes.4