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For at least the last 15 years governance has been a prominent subject in public administration. Governance, defined by Lynn, Heinrich, and Hill as the “regimes, laws, rules, judicial decisions, and administrative practices that constrain, prescribe, and enable the provision of publicly supported goals and services, ” holds strong interest for public administration scholars (2001, p.7). This chapter reviews and evaluates the evolution and development of the concept of governance in public administration; then, using regime theory from the study of international relations, the concept of governance as applied in public administration is analyzed, parsed, and framed. The present scholarly and conceptual use of the concept of governance in the field tends to take one or more of the following forms: (1) It is substantively the same as already established perspectives in public administration, although in a different language, (2) It is essentially the study of the contextual influences that shape the practices of public administration, rather than the study of public administration, (3) It is the study of interjurisdictional relations and third party policy implementation in public administration, (4) It is the study of the influence or power of nonstate and nonjurisdictional public collectives. Of these approaches to public administration as governance, it is the third and fourth--governance as the public administration of interjurisdiction relations and third party policy implementation, and the governance