Governance and Leadership, Southeast Asia
The academics prefer to use the term governance, which is broader than the term “government.” Government includes the formal actors in the making and execution of public policies. On the other hand, governance involves all the formal and informal actors, rules, and processes in the implementation of public policies for the welfare of the people. The informal actors include non-state actors like nongovernmental organizations, international bodies, and social and political activists. Governance includes management of the resources of the country effectively and efficiently to provide the necessities for the welfare of the people. The necessities include but not limited to providing education and health care, insuring public safety and security, establishing rule of law, and ensuring ethics and accountability in the performance of the duties and responsibilities. The crucial issue in governance is the quality of life for the people.
Governance includes coordinating among all...
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