Chapter 20 Government’s Job

A job is usually easier when the duties are defined; the same is true with the government. However, there are many different views on what the job description for government should be and in democracies it can change after each election.

The government needs to set the laws of the land and oversee their enforcement. Safety is usually top on the list. Governments almost always manage a nation’s national defense though there can be debates on how to handle local police and other public safety services. Education is another major task of government. Availability of schooling through secondary school is fairly universal. After these few categories the debates can get quite loud and nasty over what the government should ...

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