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The institution consisting of individuals tasked with the administration of state affairs.  Government officials manage bureaucracy, arbitrate disputes, administrate and delegate power, as well as create regulation and legislation that define rules for those under the government or for the government themselves.  In order to perform these tasks the government maintains the legal monopoly of force under its jurisdiction.

 

Robert McNamara - Truth and Consequences of Government Power

Robert Levy - Big Government

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