"Understanding Governance" is Chapter 2 in the State of the World 2014: Governing for Sustainability by The Worldwatch Institute. This chapter provides an introduction to the existing research around the concept of governance. It reviews the way that governance systems vary in terms of institutional structure, jurisdiction, and sources of legitimacy. It also reviews existing definitions of good governance, looking at how researchers have historically defined good governance, and at what existing research suggests predicts these different forms of good governance.
Based on a review of the concept of governance, this chapter concludes that despite the variability of governance systems, there are recurring elements that appear repeatedly in different definitions of good governance. Regardless of whether “good” governance is defined with reference to moral terms or purely in terms of performance, governance systems seen as good appear to consistently feature elements of inclusive and participatory decision-making, procedural justice, and legitimate dispute resolution and sanctioning mechanisms.
In an increasingly networked and digital world in which millions of transactions are recorded daily, the potential of data tampering in centralized ledgers that are the primary depository of these records can not be overemphasized.
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Addressing the developing crisis around irregular migration by sea will require international institutions to work quickly to address the humanitarian, practical, and legal challenges posed by irregular migration. Applying lessons learned from the
Written byCurtis Bell, Patrick W. Keyson August 15, 2016
Few cross-national studies provide evidence of a relationship between environmental scarcity and conflict, although much of the literature claims that destabilizing effects of environmental crises can be mitigated by the right sociopolitical