[n] the act of governing; exercising authority; "regulations for the governing of state prisons"; "he had considerable experience of government"
[n] 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"
advisory board, authorities, bench, body, county council, executive, government, government officials, hierarchy, judiciary, lawmaking, legislating, legislation, management, misgovernment, misrule, officialdom, pecking order, planning board, power structure, regime, social control, top brass, trust busting
\Gov"ern*ance\, n. [F. gouvernance.] Exercise of authority; control; government; arrangement. --Chaucer. --J. H. Newman.