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Global Dimensions of Public Administration and Governance: A Comparative Voyage by Jos Raadschelders, Eran Vigoda-Gadot

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CHAPTER THREE

STRUCTURING GOVERNANCE AND GOVERNMENT

The Layered Territorial and Bureaucratic Organization of the World

The territorial boundaries that crisscross the earth's landmasses do not represent cultural and economic boundaries. People, however, are very much inclined to think of, say, Argentinian, Australian, Canadian, Chinese, Egyptian, German, Indian, Israeli, and South African culture as something that is circumscribed by borders, thus almost equating culture and country. Within these borders people are governed by political systems shored up by bureaucracies. What seems the normal situation today really spread from a small part of the world across the globe only about 200 years ago, and it was not until after the Second World War ...

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