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Governance is a term widely used and with multiple definitions, depending on the field of activity Overall, it refers to the range of processes and people involved in decision-making. In relation to crime prevention and community safety, it is usually used to refer to the range of multi-sector, cooperative and participative approaches to decision-making, which include both government and civil society actors, and to the distribution of powers and responsibilities. It also refers to the transparency and accountability of decision-making.

Source: ICPC International Report 2010, pp. 185

added by
Burkhard Hasenpusch
German Congress on Crime Prevention (GCOCP)

spanish: Gobernabilidad