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Governance: Governance is the process of making and enforcing decisions within an organization or society. It is the system by which power is exercised and controlled. Governance includes the rules, processes, and institutions that guide decision-making. See also Government, Community, Society, Politics, Institutions.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Xenophon on Governance - Dictionary of Arguments

Höffe I 47
Rule/Governance/Xenophon/Höffe: Xenophon (c. 430-354 B.C.), like Plato a Socrates student, writes a history of Greece, a paper on the constitution of Sparta, one on the ruler ("tyrant") of Syracuse: Hieron, further memories of Socrates. Even more important for political thinking, and also more effective, is the education of Cyrus.
Governance/Political Thought/State Form/Xenophon/Höffe: The writing, probably the first "educational novel" of the Occident, is at the same time the first text of an important genre of political thought, namely the mirror of princes dedicated to the behaviour of a good ruler.
>Governance, >Politics, >State (Polity).
Obedience: According to Xenophon, Cyrus, whom Herodotus had already portrayed as an exemplary ruler, finds "voluntary" obedience among his subjects, since he is characterized by piety, prudence and an ascetic lack of need, which is combined with comprehensive philanthropy.

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The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Höffe I
Otfried Höffe
Geschichte des politischen Denkens München 2016

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