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A government is the system or group of people governing an organized community, often a state. It is the political control of a country of people by a governing body, that has as its purpose the providership of greater organized forms for sake of the people, including law, law enforcement, a military, education, civil engineering, scientific research, and industry.

In the case of its broad associative definition, government normally consists of legislature, executive, and judiciary. Government is a means by which state policies are enforced, as well as a mechanism for determining the policy. Each government has a kind of constitution which is a statement of its governing philosophy, in which is expressed the philosophical form of the nation. Typically the philosphy chosen is some balance between the principle of individual freedom and the idea of absolute state authority (tyranny).

While all types of organizations have governance, the word government is often used more specifically to refer to the approximately 200 independent national governments on Earth, as well as subsidiary organizations.

Historically prevalent forms of government include aristocracy, timocracy, oligarchy, democracy, theocracy and tyranny. The main aspect of any philosophy of government is how political power is obtained, with the two main forms being electoral contest and hereditary succession. logo
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Berkeley County voters may not get their say on the county's form of government after all. County Council will start the process Monday to repeal a January 2017 ordinance calling for a referendum to ask voters if they prefer the county government be led by an elected supervisor or a hired administrator ...
Berkeley County voters may not get their say on the county's form of government after all. County Council will start the process Monday to repeal a January 2017 ordinance calling for a referendum to ask voters if they prefer that the county government be led by an elected supervisor or a hired ...

A proposal that passed the Georgia House but may run into trouble in the Senate would change Stonecrest to a strong-mayor form of government and boost the chief executive's salary from $20,000 a year to $75,000. House Bill 1060, introduced just a week ago, was approved on the floor Wednesday ...
Gary Herbert on March 15, mandates that counties use one of four authorized forms of government, and Grand County, with its seven-person council and council ... The committee will recommend a new form of government and citizens will vote to approve or reject the committee's recommendation. government Republican Party
It was not enough that the state outlawed counties' ability to set their own standards for nightly rentals and ORVs, they have now retroactively outlawed Grand County's form of government. H.B. 224, just signed by the governor, does just that. It requires that Grand County change its form of government ... government Republican Party
House Bill 224 requires any counties that do not have one of four approved forms of government in Utah to revise their form of government by 2020. The permitted forms include an expanded five- to seven-member council; a three-member commission; a county executive government, with an elected ... government Republican Party

The recent upheaval at Cincinnati City Hall created by the conflict between Mayor John Cranley and City Manager Harry Black has some calling for changes to our strong mayor-city manager form of government. But both our history and the example of cities across the country suggest that the form of ... government Republican Party
On the flip side of the coin, even when the sun appears in the sky and everything seems to going well, we never seem to be far away from another crisis, but ultimately across the board there is an acceptance that devolution is the best form of government for Northern Ireland and I think at some point we will ... government Republican Party
“The Committee feels that these changes, and the others we have recommended, will make our government more transparent, responsive and accessible to a greater number of people,” Begley said, “which at the end of the day is the very strength in a representative town meeting form of government.”. government Republican Party
TEXARKANA -- A group in Hope wants to eliminate the city manager position and adopt a mayor-council form of government to improve the local economy, attorney Blake Montgomery said. Signed petitions requesting a May 22 election to consider changing the city's form of government from city manager ... government Republican Party
"Being part of the team to run a city like this, more specifically a city that is in transition from one form of government to another and a city that is reflecting on how they can be better as a municipality, is very exciting," Kezer said. "The community stepped up and said, 'Let's change the form of government and ... government Republican Party
It's not in the public interest to keep having a do-over of votes once citizens have spoken — as the mayor, who supported the charter proposal, recognized. There may be a time down the road to reconsider that idea, or some other form of government, but a constant state of uncertainty over the basic form of ... government Republican Party
“During my campaign - all of my fundraisers, every door I knocked on I said: I am for charter change, I am for the city manager form of government, that there are problems with the commission form of government - but that I can work in either form,” Kelly explained. “What I said was: if it doesn't pass, I will ... government Republican Party
The commission is giving people until March 30 to fill out the survey and then will tabulate the results as part of its commitment to reach a recommendation as to what the best form of government would be for Williamsport. For those without access to a computer, copies of the survey will be available at the ... government Republican Party
“During my campaign last year, I was in support of the change to our charter which proposed improvements under the city manager council form of government. I also stated that I could work under the current form of government, and I would bring consensus to the council, and indeed the commissioners ... government Republican Party
The parliament of Armenia has chosen a former prime minister and diplomat to become the country's new president when it switches its form of government next month. March 2, 2018, at 9:51 a.m.. March 2, 2018, at 9:51 a.m.. U.S. News & World Report. Armenian Parliament Chooses New President. More. YEREVAN ... government Republican Party
KENSINGTON — While several Kensington residents agree with the spirit of traditional Town Meeting, they're not sure a return to that form of government would work with today's schedules and pressures. About a dozen Kensington residents turned out Monday night for a public hearing on a petitioned ... government Republican Party

In doing so, we do have to realize in considering the best model of government that Bennington is not a municipality the scale of Burlington or Rutland where the mayor form of government is the model. We also need to accept the fact that this is not the 50's and 60's when small towns America, including ... government Republican Party
Like many other small cities in America, the city of Charlottesville faces an enormous number of issues. But do citizens have the most appropriate form of government to address them? “Local government is largely housekeeping,” said Joan MacCallum, the first woman to be elected to the Lynchburg City ... government Republican Party
AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Amherst residents will soon vote on whether to change the town's form of government. If passed, it would replace the town's 240-elected town meeting members, with a 13-member town council. Amherst For All, a grassroots organization is looking to update Amherst's ... government Republican Party
A surprise move to eliminate DeKalb County's CEO form of government passed the House Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday. House Bill 961 wasn't on the agenda, and had only been introduced a day earlier by state Reps. Meagan Hanson, R-Brookhaven, and Tom Taylor, R-Dunwoody. government Republican Party
House bill fast-tracked to dissolve DeKalb's CEO form of government. 0. Share. Facebook Twitter. Share this with your ... Members of a House committee approved a surprise piece of legislation that would eliminate DeKalb County's unique CEO form of government. Now, the bill that was filed just Tuesday is ... government Republican Party
And he returned the favor to his hometown with an appearance before the Charter Review Commission on Feb. 15 to discuss Shaker's "hybrid" form of government. Midway through his third term as Shaker mayor, Leiken was tapped last week by Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish to serve as his ... government Republican Party
Letter: Keep our present form of government in place. Posted Monday, February 19, 2018 6:57 pm. Letter to the Editor: Some of my concerns regarding the mayor versus town manager debate are as follows: As proposed, a mayor would have the ultimate and final say on any ordinance, bylaw change, etc., voted to be ... government Republican Party
The township Board of Trustees voted 4-2 Thursday, during a special meeting, to appoint Don Wood the township superintendent at an annual salary of $105,000. The move, effective immediately, essentially strips Supervisor Tracey Schultz Kobylarz of her administrative duties. Kobylarz, in the second year ... government Republican Party
The bill will allow counties to change their form of government. For example, in Utah County, they have three commissioners and could move to a council form, similar to Salt Lake County. Tooele, Davis and Weber counties are considering it. “It ensures that every section of our community has a voice at the ... government Republican Party
Signed petitions requesting a May 22 election to consider changing the city's form of government from city manager form to mayor-council form were submitted to the mayor last week, according to a news release from the city. "The election is going to be between the upper class in Hope and the rest of us," ... government Republican Party
A Streator businessman is circulating a petition to bring a question to the ballot for eliminating the manager form of government. .... Thomas understands the prior form of government had its issues, but that enough time has passed for voters to have a clear look at both forms of government and their ... government Republican Party
They love to cite the likes of Britain and Germany, which either have parliaments or a federal form of government, or both. They are also quick to underline the weaknesses of unitary and presidential forms of government, with America, Africa, and much of Latin America in mind. In their view, by adopting the ... government Republican Party
The current council was divided 3-2 Tuesday on a motion to begin investigating the necessary steps to change the town's form of government from the current Council and Manager form, ... They wanted more information about the process and the alternative forms of government before moving forward. government Republican Party
While the committee has only had two meetings so far, it set a tone in its first meeting on January 24 that suggested it may look to do away with Burlington's representative town meeting in favor of a city form of government. The key speakers during that meeting were Russ and Suzanne Sanford of Winthrop, ... government Republican Party
Common Council members agreed Tuesday night to learn more about the city manager form of government, brush up on goal-setting and further work on a vision for Oneonta. This development came after Sarah Patterson, a resident involved in revising the City Charter, blasted the Council and city ... government Republican Party
Even among unitary forms of government, varying degrees of local autonomies are observed. In the context of the unitary government of France, Charles de Gaulle once lamented, “How do you govern in a country with 500 cheeses?” Our long experience with the unitary, centralized system of government. government Republican Party
COOPERSTOWN, NY (WUTR)--- The Otsego County Board of Representatives is thinking about changing the county's form of government. "Currently we have a board of representatives," Otsego County Board Chairman, David Bliss stated. "There are 14 districts based on town lines." Some Otsego County ... government Republican Party
The advantage of amending the Charter through another method was demonstrated in the proceedings of the 1971 Constitutional Convention (Con-con). The key issue then was the choice between the presidential and the parliamentary form of government, and the candidates to the convention presented ... government Republican Party
Abusers can use the federal form of government as easily or as much as they can abuse the present presidential system. The federal form of government that favors those in power will be the form of choice, whatever that will be. Any form of government can be abused if its senior officials want to do so and ... government Republican Party
Voters in Union decided Tuesday they want to see a change in their city's form of government. A referendum asked voters if the city's form of government should change from a mayor-council, or “strong mayor” form of government to a council form of government. The vote was 312 in favor of the referendum ... government Republican Party
The House constitutional amendments committee is consolidating two proposed models of a federal form of government for the country. The models are part of Resolution of Both Houses No. 8 filed by ABS Rep. Eugene Michael de Vera and Pampanga Rep. Aurelio Gonzales Jr., and the draft Constitution ... government Republican Party
Shall the municipal government of Union change its form of government from the mayor-council form to the council form? Unofficial results from Tuesday's referendum show that 312 voters answered yes while 221 answered no. The results of Tuesday's referendum will be certified Friday at 10 a.m. by the ... government Republican Party
4), the 15 members plan to address two key points going forward, in both form of government and public input throughout the process. They will be guided not only by city-appointed facilitator Lawrence Keller from Cleveland State University, but new CRC Chairman Jack Newman and Vice Chair Allosious ... government Republican Party
A recent letter said that our republican form of government was purposely created by our Founding Fathers, who “took pains to distinguish republics from other forms of government, including democracy.” What it fails to note is that our republican form of government is in fact a democracy, a representative ... government Republican Party
As I enter my third term, I believe it is time to grow our governing body and change the form of government. This change would create a more representative and diverse group of elected officials, presiding over a more open, stable and deliberative governing process. There are several options to explore, ... government Republican Party
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is considering a "hybrid" structure of government, if the proposal to shift to a federal state fails to gain public support. Duterte, in a speech delivered in Davao City on Thursday, February 1, said he was bent on adopting China's sovereignty over Hong Kong. Hong Kong, a former ... government Republican Party
The bill will allow counties to change their form of government. For example, in Utah County, they have three commissioners and could move to a council form, similar to Salt Lake County. Tooele, Davis and Weber counties are considering it. “It ensures that every section of our community has a voice at the ... government Republican Party
After absentee ballots were counted Tuesday, voters in the city turned down a proposal to change the current form of government from a ... government Republican Party
Sioux City, Iowa, located down the road a little, has had a city manager form of government and has had a city manager for decades. In 1961 ... government Republican Party
In a strong mayor-council form of government, the voters choose the mayor. That sounds pretty democratic to me and this is what Enfield needs ... government Republican Party
Two groups of respected citizens have taken the initiative to push for creation of a “Weber County Form of Government Study Committee. government Republican Party
The change will institute the same form of government holding sway in Rhode Island's other large cities, including Providence, Warwick, ... government Republican Party
“The study and potential change of form of government in Weber County could open the door to the creation of a more diverse body that would ... government Republican Party


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